New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his associates have decided to abstain from responding to the affidavit filed by Delhi Police in the Supreme Court on Friday. Both Ramdev and his aide Balakrishna have refused to react to the justifications given by the Delhi Police on June 4 midnight crackdown.

Refuting the allegations of Baba Ramdev and his supporters, the Delhi Police on Friday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court and justified its action saying that the permission was given only for a yoga camp but Ramdev used the platform to launch a protest against the government.

The Delhi police had filed the response following a direction of the Supreme Court which took suo motu cognizance of the crackdown and had directed it to explain why it resorted to such action against Ramdev and his supporters.

The Apex Court had expressed concern over the ‘police atrocities’ and the use of ‘brutal force’ to disperse ‘innocent’ people gathered at the site.

In its affidavit, the police said the authorities had allowed permission to Ramdev to use the ground only to hold yoga camp and not for any other purposes. They also claimed that no force was used against the Baba and his followers and only eight shells of tear gas were fired on Ramdev's supporters after they turned violent and started pelting stones on the cops.

After the eviction, Baba had accused the Delhi Police of his possible encounter. Ramdev had also alleged that the Delhi police mercilessly went ahead with the crackdown knowing well that several thousands of his supporters were present in the Ramlila Maidan.

JPN/Bureau