Delhi rape protests: VK Singh, Ramdev booked for inciting mob and provoking crowd

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 14:58 hrs

New Delhi: Former Army chief VK Singh and yoga guru Baba Ramdev have been booked by the Delhi Police for inciting mob and provoking the crowd at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday, a NDTV report claimed. Three cases of rioting have also been registered by the police.

Ramdev and former army chief V.K. Singh on Sunday joined the protests against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi and condemned the police crackdown on protesters voicing anger against the incident.

Ramdev reached the Jantar Mantar standing atop a bus and addressed the crowd, along with the former army chief.

When the yoga guru tried to march towards the epicentre of the protests at India Gate, just over two kilometres away, he was stopped by police.

As soon as Ramdev and V.K. Singh got down from the dais at Jantar Mantar, police cordoned off the area and did not allow them to leave, an aide of the yoga guru said.

Some of Ramdev's supporters allegedly had a scuffle with police in an attempt to break the barricades. According to members from Ramdev's team, two people were injured.

"They had barricaded Jantar Mantar and we were not allowed to move," said an aide of the yoga guru.

Speaking at Jantar Mantar earlier, Ramdev demanded death sentence for the rapists and blamed police for not providing enough security to women on roads.

"The government should set up fast-track courts and punish all the rapists. We want death penalty for all the accused," he said.

"I condemn police brutality against the peaceful youngsters," he added.

Ramdev later went to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where protestors injured in the police action at India Gate and surrounding areas were taken.

Earlier on Friday, V.K. Singh said the brutal rape of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital is "indicative of complete collapse of governance" as the security agencies are for the "so-called VVIPs" and not for the ordinary citizens.

"The brutal assault and the heinous gang-rape of a 23-year-old in a bus moving in the city with impunity is indicative of the complete collapse of governance... This case has to be a watershed. I pray for this brave girl's survival and my thoughts are with her family," Gen. Singh said in a statement.

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