Ramdev scare? Govt locks down Delhi, but mutes crackdown talk
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A day after Baba Ramdev gave a clarion call for the start of a revolution in India, government has virtually turned Delhi into a fortress.
Barricades across the city indicated that the police had been ordered to prepare for any eventuality. This has been done keeping in mind the mayhem that the Baba caused the last time he held a rally at Ramlila maidan, that not only humiliated the yoga guru but also tarnished the image of the central govt.
All arterial roads have been closed with barricades, leaving barely minimal space for traffic to pass.
This has caused huge traffic jams across the city right from early hours and it is expected that things will get worse as office goers hit the roads to get to work.
Ramdev, who has been fasting for the last four days at Ramlila Maidan over a strong lokpal, on Monday asked his supporters to pack their bags and get ready to go to jail.
Following Ramdev's call for 'jail bharo', the police are tight-lipped about their plan of action. Sources have ruled out any massive crackdown.
The security has been tightened and heavy deployment of the force could be seen in the national capital.
To be fair to the administration, Independence Day is around the corner and security is tightened for that, but that is still a couple of days away.
Another shocking event playing in the govt's mind is the violence in Mumbai over the Assam situation, which may raise its ugly head in Delhi too.
Baba Ramdev gives PM evening deadline to fall in line
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday issued an ultimatum to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to act on all of his demands by the evening, or there would be a nationwide revolution as promised.
Baba Ramdev said he would announce a bigger revolution if the demands are not met.
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