The Supreme Court will today examine an affidavit submitted by the Delhi Police, regarding the pre-dawn crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his aides at the Ramlila Ground.
In its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the police said that the permission was granted for only for a gathering of 5,000 people but 65,000 people had gathered at Ramlila Ground at a camp led by the yoga teacher, who was fasting against corruption and black money. The Delhi police, in its affidavit, said that the congregation was allowed only for yoga camp and for no other purpose.
Late at the intervening night of June 4-5, while many people were sleeping, the police was seen teargassing the crowd and beating some people with batons. Baba Ramdev was caught trying to escape to the railway station and was flown to his ashram in Uttarakhand. The police blame the violence at the camp on the chaos that followed as Baba Ramdev tried to evade arrest by disappearing into the crowd at his camp.
The police said that it was forced to retaliate after supporters of Baba Ramdev threw stones and flower pots at them when policemen tried to reach the stage where Baba Ramdev was delivering a speech.
Activists and Opposition parties have described the police action as a violation of the right to peacefully protest. NDTV