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Ramdev threatens to retaliate with armed protestors

June 8, 2011 - Haridwar

Fuming over the use of brute force on his supporters during their agitation against corruption at Delhi's Ramlila ground, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday 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 media 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.

The Baba was caught dressed as a woman, while heading away from the camp towards the railway station.

A special plane took him to Dehradun and from there he was taken to his Patanjali ashram in Haridwar by road.


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