Ramlila swoop: Police affidavit raises bogey of communalism

Facing heat from the Supreme Court over its late night crackdown at Ramlila Maidan on June 4, the Union Home Ministry and Delhi Police presented an extensive dossier of intelligence inputs as part of the justification to forcibly evict Ba-ba Ramdev and other peaceful protesters gathered at the spot.

Placed in a sealed cover, the inputs would form part of the Government’s defence to explain their conduct to the apex court. The court had taken suo motu cognisance of reports of lathicharge and lobbing of teargas shells on the sleeping protesters. The matter is expected to be heard on Monday.

With the court having enquired the circumstances that led to police committing atrocities against innocent persons gathered at the venue, the Delhi Police Commissioner in his affidavit said that permission was given for a yoga camp. But with a satyagraha being conducted at the very spot this was sufficient reason for the police to cancel permission.

Moreover, when the crowds swelled beyond 5,000, the event gave rise to a law and order situation and realising the sensitivity of the area in question, the police had to act quickly and swiftly.

But the most striking detail given by the Centre is the intelligence input that indicated something untoward could occurr at the spot. This related to discovery of bricks, brickbats and sticks stacked at the event site. Also, threat inputs received against Baba Ramdev forced the police to remove him immediately from the venue, the affidavit claimed.



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