Gangrape protests: Ramdev, VK Singh booked for rioting
Posted on: 06:01 PM IST Dec 24, 2012
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday filed four cases with regard to the violence during the protests over the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in the national capital recently, on Monday. One of these cases was filed against former Army chief General VK Singh and yoga guru Ramdev.
Both Singh and Ramdev have been booked by the Delhi Police on charges of rioting and causing damage to public property. This came after Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde mentioned that certain "political elements" were behind Sunday's violence at India Gate and its surrounding areas. "We have information that some political elements were behind the violence. We are enquiring into it," he had said.
Protesters led by Ramdev and Singh had clashed with police at Jantar Mantar on Sunday afternoon when they were prevented from marching towards India Gate, the epicentre of protests against the gangrape.
After a brief speech at Jantar Mantar, Ramdev along with Singh and others started marching towards India Gate but they were stopped by police. As soon as Ramdev and Singh got down from the dais, police cordoned off the area and the protesters sat at the spot.
However, they started marching towards India Gate and tried to break the barricades following which the police resorted to use of force. Two persons suffered injuries in the incident.