Sonia Gandhi`s poster outside Cong HQ defaced

Angry over the attack on Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, his followers on Monday threw black ink on Sonia Gandhi`s poster outside the Congress headquarters.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Angry over the attack on Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, his followers on Monday threw black ink on Sonia Gandhi`s poster outside the Congress headquarters here and clashed with party workers, earning disapproval of the yoga guru who condemned the act as "undemocratic and uncivilised".

Some people under the banner of Yuva Bharat Kisan Panchayat gathered outside the Congress headquarters at 24, Akbar Road to protest the throwing of ink on the yoga guru here two days ago.

They shouted slogans against party chief Sonia Gandhi and leaders Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh and said they will not allow anyone to defame religious leaders. Some of them later threw black ink on a poster with Sonia`s image.

The incident occurred at around 4:45 pm.

Soon a clash occurred between the supporters of the Baba and the Congress workers and ticket seekers who were at the Congress. The man who had defaced the poster of the Congress president was badly beaten up. The police then intervened and brought the situation under control.

Following the incident, more police personnel were rushed to the spot which is next to Sonia`s residence at 10, Janpath.

Police said Narendra from Kanjhawala and Tribhuwan from Mehrauli were detained in connection with the incident.

A case under Section 153 of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc) was registered.

Meanwhile, soon after the incident, Ramdev`s spokesperson said the yoga guru termed the act as ‘undemocratic and uncivilised’.

"Such undemocratic and uncivilised methods of protest should not be encouraged. Such acts have no place in our rich culture and philosophy," Ramdev was quoted as saying.

"We neither support such undemocratic and uncivilised act nor are part of it," the spokesperson said adding Ramdev was against any kind of violent or indecent methods of protest against anyone and urged people not to indulge in or promote
such "indecent and ugly acts."

On January 14 a man had thrown black ink Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s face. The man was nabbed by Ramdev’s supporters and badly beaten up before being handed over to the police. Ramdev was talking about his future moves against corruption and black money at the press conference held at the Constitutional Club in the heart of the capital.

Ramdev`s right eye was blackened with ink by the man identified as Kamran Siddiqui, a resident of Delhi who is said to be running an NGO `Real Cause` which is a petitioner in the Batla House encounter case.

Jaideep, Ramdev`s close aide, claimed that Siddiqui had gained entry into the hall carrying a walkie talkie apparently posing as a security personnel. He also claimed that a bottle of acid was recovered from Siddiqui.

Ramdev, who immediately left the venue after the incident, said he had asked for the black money being returned to the country and instead got black ink.

Before the incident, Siddiqui had sought Ramdev`s opinion on the 2008 Batla House encounter in which suspects of the Delhi serial blasts were killed.

The yoga guru had ignored the question and soon after the attack took place.

With PTI inputs