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Delhi Police: Baba Ramdev and Swami did not provoke communal hostility

Delhi, Feb 23 (): The city police told a Delhi court on Wednesday that Baba Ramdev and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy did not stimulate any communal hostility, leading to the beating up of a man by their followers for throwing black ink on yoga guru’s face in a press meet here.

Police said, in a report to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur, “During the press conference, Baba Ramdev neither spoke against the Muslim community nor abetted the supporters to assault him (Kamran Siddiqui). Subramanian Swamy was also with Baba Ramdev and he also did not provoke any person to assault Siddiqui.

The police filed a report in response to the court’s direction to it on a private complaint by Siddiqui, seeking prosecution of Ramdev and Swamy, allegedly for committing offences of promoting communal enmity, assaulting and dishonouring him besides trying to kill him. The report gave a clean chit to Ramdev and Swamy.

The court asked the police to file a fresh status report on Siddiqui’s medical records and fixed the matter for further hearing on March 6. It has asked an explanation from the police, why Siddiqui was not examined at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital instead of Lady Hardinge Hospital here.

The station house officer (SHO) of the Parliament Street police station said the nature of injuries caused on him were ‘simple’ and no witness or evidence has been found which could prove the allegation that the yoga guru and his supporters encouraged communal passion after the ink-throwing incident on January 14 in the press meet at Constitutional Club here. Quoting Siddiqui’s medical reports, he said the  injuries are uncomplicated and attract invoking of section 323 (simple hurt) of the IPC which is a non-cognisable offence, as per the medico-legal certificate (MLC).

The status report said, “The allegation under section 153 A (promoting enmity between classes), 355 (assault with intent to dishonour a person) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC could not be proved.”

Police said, Siddiqui, posturing  himself as a media person, had attended the yoga guru’s press conference and had asked some questions on Ramdev’s view on the Batla House encounter and statements of Congress leader Digvijay Singh on it. Siddiqui, who could not get a response from Ramdev, later threw black ink on his face and was, in turn, roughed up by guru’s supporters.

Siddiqui told the court during the arguments that he was heartlessly beaten up by the followers of Ramdev and Swamy as also by the policemen deployed at the press conference.

He also denied the charge that he purposely threw ink on the face of Ramdev. “After Baba Ramdev refused to answer my questions, I asked for his autograph and as there was a huge crowd at the press conference, the bottle of the ink slipped out of my hand by mistake and it fell on Ramdev’s face. I am receiving life threats for filing the complaint against Ramdev and Swamy,” he said.