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Doctors advise ailing Ramdev to end fast

June 8, 2011 - Haridwar

With yoga guru Baba Ramdev's health deteriorating, doctors attending to him, have advised liquid intake and requested him to end his five-day-long fast.

"His health is going down. He has lost weight and is suffering from dehydration. He is not keeping well. We have requested that he should take liquid intake like milk and juices. It will be better if he ends his fast," Chief Medical Officer, Haridwar, Dr Yogesh Sharma told mediapersons here.

Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, who met Ramdev at his Patanjali Yogpeeth here, said: "The Baba is weak and has lost 7.5 kilos but his spirit, his mental strength is stronger than ever. Corruption and black money have been a problem for the nation for a while. But what happened at Ramlila Maidan to the Baba's camp has become a whole new issue."

Ramdev had earlier in the day threatened the Central Government that next time his subsequent campaigns will have armed protestors.

"Next time at Ramlila, it will be Ravanlila. Let's see who gets beaten up," said Ramdev while briefing mediapersons about his training plan at the Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

"Twenty youth from each region will come forward for the fight against corruption. These young people should be 35-40 years old. Not only men, young women must also join them. They must be dedicated, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. They will be given arms training. We will build an army of 11,000 men and women," he added.

Ramdev also threatened the government with dire consequences if they took action against his supporters.

"After training them in religious texts and handling of arms and then we would see that when at the Ramleela ground, 'Ravanleela' would take place then who runs away after getting a beating," said Ramdev.

According to reports, at least 30 people were injured in the pre-dawn raid at a marquee where Ramdev's followers had gathered for the mass fast. One woman has been critically injured.

Baba Ramdev was on a hunger strike against corruption along with 65,000 followers when the police, on the government's orders, decided to dismantle the elaborate camp that had been set up at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.


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