Baba supporters take refuge in gurudwara

Gurudwara committee provides shelter


Deevakar Anand | June 6, 2011

Thousands of protesters on fast in solidarity with Baba Ramdev, who were assaulted and chased away from Ramlila Maidan Saturday midnight, headed towards the Jantar Mantar to assemble again only to be stopped by Delhi Police a few hundred metres away from it. Showing signs of unrelenting resolve, these men and women, some of them with severe wounds have taken refuge in the nearby Bangla Sahib Gurudwara where they were given food and water by the gurudwara committee.

Governance Now tracked these supporters who as a matter of precaution were scattered across the shrine premises to avoid police suspicion. "We fear being chased away from here too,” said a badly hurt Dharamveer who had a rubber bullet gun shot in his head. He had a blood soaked bandage on it.

Sanjeev Dhiman from Ambala who had a wound on his abdomen said, “We fear our life.” But we are trying to resist as much as possible and waiting for any further instruction from Baba Ramdev.

There were unconfirmed reports that intelligence sleuths of Delhi Police were doing rounds of the premises.

A close associate of the Baba, Swami Ganeshanand was supervising their stay in the gurudwara. “There must have been two to three thousand of our men and women here. We are waiting for a message from the Baba and will take our next step after that. Our Satyagraha will continue,” he said.

Although many had lunch at the gurudwara langar, some of them sitting in the scorching sun in a park built over the gurudwara underground parking said, “We know a lot of our friends must not have eaten anything. There is no whereabouts about them. We will not break our fast till we know all of them are safe.” Ganeshanand persuaded them to break their fast.

Lending his support to the protestors in refuge was a representative of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, who was heard saying Ganeshanand that the NGO was arranging vehicles to collect the protestors dispersed across Delhi.



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