Chronology of Baba Ramdev`s movement

Last Updated: Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 09:32

New Delhi: Following is the chronology of events leading to mid-night police action bringing to an end Ramdev`s fast at Ramlila Maidan:

June 1: Arrival of Yoga Guru from Ujjain at Delhi Airport. Four senior Union Ministers -- Pranab Mukherjee, Kapil Sibal, PK Bansal and Subodh Kant Sahay -- meet and discuss issues with him on eradication of corruption and black
money.

June 2: Back-channel talks held between the two sides.

June 3: Ramdev holds talks with Sibal and Sahay. Both sides claim consensus on most of the issues. In the evening, Ramdev announces his decision to go ahead with the hunger
strike. Government releases item-wise response to Ramdev`s demands.

June 4: Fast begins at Ramlila Maidan. In the evening government makes public a letter from Ramdev`s camp that the hunger strike will be called off at mid-day if government honoured the commitments. Ramdev hits back calling government`s action a betrayal. Both sides harden positions. Government sends a late night letter to Ramdev.

Mid night of June 4-5: Police swoop down on the protest site a little after 1 am, catching Ramdev and his supporters unaware.

Police resorts to lathicharge and firing of tear gas shells, creating commotion and chaos. Elderly followers swoon. Thirty people with injuries admitted to hospital.

2:10 am: Baba appeals to followers to maintain calm.

2:30 am: Ramdev is carried on shoulders by followers.

A little later Ramdev is not seen at the venue.

4.00-4:30 am: Protesters evicted.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 09:32

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