them to handle them,' he said.
12: 36 pm: Sushma Swaraj hold a press conferenceAddressing the media, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the crackdown on supporters could prove fatal to some of the injured. She tweets, " There is a lady Rajbala from Gurgaon in the ICU. She was brutally beaten on her back. Her spine is fractured. She is paralysed for life".
12: 35 pm: BJP demands apology from PM, Sonia over crackdown on Ramdev
The BJP condemning the police crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev's fast-unto-death protest against corruption, said the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and Congress President Sonia Gandhi should apologise to the nation.
BJP President Nitin Gandkari said the crackdown on Ramdev and his supporters was reminiscent of the emergency days, and announced that the party will hold a 24-hour stir across the nation to protest it.
"The crackdown by police came on the orders of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi. We strongly condemn it...The Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi must apologise to the people," he told reporters in Lucknow.
12: 25 pm: Ramdev politicized the whole issue, says Sibal
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal justifying the government's stand and said Baba Ramdev politicized the whole issue. "He had promised only for yoga and the crowd would not exceed 5,000. But around 50,000 persons were present. We had accepted all his demands in written. But Ramdev did not keep up his promise and politicized the issue. He cheated all his supporters," he said.
"Baba turned his yoga session into a political stage. Now, it's clear that Ramdev is the another face of RSS," he added.
12: 10 pm: CPI comes down heavily on Government on Ramdev agitation
CPI came down heavily on the UPA Government for not taking political parties and Parliament into confidence while dealing with agitations by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev against corruption and accused it of "undermining" democratic process.
Party National Secretary D Raja asked why the Government did not act against Ramdev's agitation when it was clear from "the beginning that right-wing organistaions like RSS were involved in the protest."
11: 50 am:
Delhi police registers a case or rioting.
Reports say the govt feared more people might join Ramdev and that any delay in taking action against him would only prompt him to make more demands.
11: 40 am: Ramdev reaches Haridwar
11: 20 am: Advani slams the UPA govt
Senior BJP leader LK Advani addresses the media and says this move by the government reminds him of the Jallianwala Bagh incident. Demanding a JPC into all scams, he said the crackdown is a political turing point, just like the emergency. The BJP also accuses the Congress of evading the black money issue.
11: 18 am: Team Anna condemns Govt.'s crackdown on Ramdev
Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde, who are part of the Jan Lokpal Bill on Sunday condemned the government's crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev's fast-unto-death protest against corruption at the Ramlila ground here, saying the government should resign.
"The government should resign and a caretaker government should take over. Till yesterday the government gave an impression that they were sending emissaries. It is very shocking and the action should be condemned by one and all. People who are supporting corruption are raising the old bogey of RSS and their own ministers are not giving importance," said Bhushan.
11: 05 am: Modi, Mulayam back Ramdev
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh says calling Baba Ramdev a thug is unfair. He was responding to senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's comment that Ramdev's activities should be investigated and he's nothing short of of "thug". Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi says this is the beginning of the end of the UPA govt.
10: 50 am: Ramdev didn't keep his promise: Sibal
Union Minister Kapil Sibal said the crackdown at the Ramlila maidan was justified. He said Ramdev went back on his word to end the fast. Sibal said Ramdev was given permission for yoga shivir and that yogis shouldn't teach political asanas.
10: 45 am: Ramdev arrives in Dehradun
Baba Ramdev lands in Dehradun. He is being escorted to his ashram in Haridwar.
Baba Ramdev was flown from Delhi by a special plane. Ramdev, who was initially taken to an undisclosed destination from the protest site, was put into an aircraft by Delhi Police from the Palam Airport this morning, officials said.
10: 20 am: BJP to go on satyagraha across the country
BJP president Nitin Gadkari says the party will go on a satyagraha at Raj Ghat this evening at 7. He said this is an attack on democracy and that the UPA has lost all rights to rule. He also said that it was an attempt to impose another emergency in the country.
10: 00 am: Digvijay justifies police action; says Ramdev is ''fraud''
Unfazed by attack from various quarters, Congress today justified the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev''s fast against corruption and accused him of "inciting people" despite striking a deal with the government for ending his protest.
Terming the yoga guru as a "fraud", AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh also demanded an inquiry into the "thousands of crores of rupees" of property owned by Ramdev. More here
9: 45 am: Hegde disappointed, calls police action inhuman
Lokpal draft panelist and Karnataka Lokayukta chief Santosh Hegde tells CNN IBN he's disappointed by the way the Delhi police swooped down on Baba Ramdev and his supporters. Watch the video here
9: 30 am: Ramdev being taken to Hardwar: Pillai
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai Sunday said yoga guru Baba Ramdev was being taken to his ashram in Hardwar after police in a midnight action quelled his mass hunger strike and dispersed thousands of his followers. 'He is being taken to his ashram in Hardwar. He will be there by lunch time,' said Pillai. More here
8: 45 am: 30 injured in police crackdown to end Ramdev's protest
Some 30 people were injured in a pre-dawn police crackdown to end yogaguru Baba Ramdev's anti-corruption hunger strike at Ramlila Ground in the capital, officials in a hospital said. A medical officer of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP)hospital told IANS that some 30 mildly injured people were brought there. More here
8: 30 am: Ramdev dares government to arrest him with warrant
Baba Ramdev, whose indefinite fast was ended abruptly by Delhi Police in a mid-night swoop, today challenged the government to arrest him with a proper warrant and condemned the "excesses" on his followers.
Speaking to a TV channel from an undisclosed location, he termed the police operation at Ramlila Maidan, venue of his agitation, as unfortunate. More here
8: 15 am: Midnight police swoop on Baba Ramdev, detention ends protest
With talks breaking down, police swooped down on Baba Ramdev a little past midnight and detained him after firing tear gas shells and resorting to lathicharge on his supporters to end his day-old indefinite hunger strike on black money issue. More here