Baba Ramdev’s plans to march towards the Parliament as part of his protest against black money and corruption at the Ramlila Maidan were unfulfilled as he, along with his supporters, were stopped and taken into preventive custody at the Ranjit Singh flyover, reports said.
The protest started from Ramlila Maidan at 1pm, but Ramdev, wearing a black band around his forehead and sitting atop a vehicle, had already been warned by the police that he would not be allowed into the New Delhi municipal limits as Section 144 was in force because Parliament was in session.
Ramdev was arrested and herded into a DTC bus which had been brought to transport those arrested to a temporary jail at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana. His supports blocked the bus and even climbed on top of it to prevent the police from taking away Ramdev.
The yoga guru appealed for peace and attempted to calm down his supporters. The drama continued for over 45 minutes before the bus was allowed to move.
Ramdev, who started his fast on Thursday, said the Government had become “insensitive’’.
“The Government is deaf, blind and insensitive. It is in coma, it will die, we don’t want anybody to die. But they are inviting death. Congress hatao, desh bachao,” reports said quoting Ramdev.
“We will sit on dharna outside Parliament,” he added.
Baba Ramdev began his protest camp in Delhi five days ago.
Ramdev had found support from political leaders Sharad Yadav and Nitin Gadkari, of major opposition parties.
“You don't worry, guruji....all members of the NDA are with you,” reports said earlier citing Gadkari.
In June 2011 too, Ramdev had staged a similar protest in the Ramlila Maidan Delhi which ended in a midnight crackdown by the Delhi Police.
This time around too, the Police took action as according to Delhi Police, Ramdev does not have the permission to protest outside Parliament.
“We have given the permission to protest at Ramlila Maidan till Aug 30. He won't be allowed to protest outside Parliament House,” reports said earlier citing Additional Commissioner of Police Devesh Chandra Srivastava.