Ramdev didn’t incite crowd to attack the inkman: Cops

Baba Ramdev and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy did not incite any communal passion that led to the attack on a man,who is charged with throwing black ink on the yoga guru’s face at a press conference here,police told a Delhi court on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 23, 2012 4:35:08 am

Baba Ramdev and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy did not incite any communal passion that led to the attack on a man,who is charged with throwing black ink on the yoga guru’s face at a press conference here,police told a Delhi court on Wednesday.

In a report to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur,police said,“During the press conference,Baba Ramdev neither spoke against the Muslim community nor abetted the supporters to assault him (Kamran Siddiqui). Subramanian Swamy was also with Baba Ramdev,and he did not incite anybody to assault Siddiqui either.”

The report,which gave a clean chit to Ramdev and Swamy,was filed by police in response to the court’s direction to it on a private complaint by Siddiqui,seeking prosecution of Ramdev and Swamy,allegedly for promoting communal enmity,assaulting and dishonouring him.

The court fixed the matter for further hearing on March 6 and asked the police to file a fresh status report on Siddiqui’s medical records. It also asked the police to explain as to why Siddiqui was not examined at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital instead of Lady Hardinge Hospital.

The SHO of the Parliament Street police station said the the nature of injuries inflicted on him were “simple” and there was no witness or evidence that could substantiate the allegation.

Siddiqui,posing as a mediaperson,had attended the yoga guru’s press conference on January 14 and asked for Ramdev’s view on the Batla House encounter. When Siddiqui did not get a response from Ramdev,he allegedly threw black ink on his face. Following that,he was roughed up by Ramdev’s supporters,police said.

SC verdict on Ramlila today

The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the midnight crackdown on Ramdev and his followers at Ramlila Maidan on June 4-5 last year,on Thursday. The apex court had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports purportedly showing brutality of police action against followers of Ramdev,including women and children. A woman later died,reportedly due to the injuries suffered in the crackdown. A bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar reserved the verdict on January 20.

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