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Man throws black ink at Ramdev, roughed up

Last updated on: January 14, 2012 16:10 IST

Man throws black ink at Ramdev, roughed up

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Yoga guru Ramdev was on Saturday the target of an attack by a man who threw black ink on his face at a press conference he was addressing on his plans to campaign against black money in the coming assembly elections.

Seated along with Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy at the Constitution Club in the heart of the capital, Ramdev's left eye was blackened with ink by the man identified as Kamran Siddiqui, a resident of Delhi who is said to be running a non-government organisation Real Cause which is a petitioner in the Batla House encounter case.

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Image: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev reacts after a man attempted to throw ink on his face
Photographs: Reuters

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'A bottle of acid was recovered from attacker'

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Ramdev's supporters at the conference caught him and manhandled him before police took him away. The man, whose shirt was torn and removed, was seen bleeding from his lips.

There was lot of jostling around when police escorted the yoga guru away from the club.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.

Image: A man who allegedly threw ink on Ramdev is being taken to a police station in New Delhi
Photographs: Reuters

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'By throwing ink one cannot malign my character'

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Ramdev, who immediately wound up the press conference, later said he was not deterred by such attacks and would continue his campaign with full force against corruption.

"We talked about black money, we talked about eradicating corruption and in return as a prize this is what I have got. However, by throwing ink on someone, one cannot malign his character," he said. "One whose life has been devoted to fighting corruption cannot be deterred by black flags and ink," he said.

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.


Image: Supporters of Ramdev beat up the protestor


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