Reacting to Baba Ramdev’s charges of police excesses on his supporters on Saturday night, Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), has said that the police did not cane-charge at the Ramlila Maidan. He said that the police went to request Ramdev to wind up the camp, as he had no permission for a gathering of that size. He said that at that point Ramdev jumped into the crowd and asked the women supporters to encircle him by making a a protective ring around him. He said that bricks had been stored near the stage and Ramdev’s followers started hurling them at the police, in which some people received head and cervical injuries. Some time after Ramdev jumped from the stage, the police claimed that they saw him trying to escape in women’s clothes and arrested him and escorted him to a guest house near the airport. From where he was put on a special flight to Dehradun. He was then taken in a car to Haridwar. The police have registered a case of rioting against Ramdev.
Tehelka was the first media network to reach Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in New Delhi to find out the condition of the injured in the late-night police action against Baba Ramdev’s supporters at a time when the government alleged that no serious injuries had been reported.
The reporter Revati Laul was speaking with the injured when the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital asked her to leave, despite the fact that the injured wanted to give testimonials of the police brutality they faced. Tehelka photographer Naveesh Tejpal was not allowed inside the hospital building with his camera. Therefore, the correspondent had to take these pictures on her mobile phone. They serve as evidence of police brutality. One woman, Rajbala, is critically injured with multiple fractures to her spine and all four limbs paralysed; two others have got serious head injuries. More than 60 people who were injured were admitted to this hospital.
Revati Laul is a Correspondent with Tehelka