Shutdown in Jammu against Ramdev crackdown

June 8th, 2011 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Jammu, June 8 (IANS) A near-total shutdown was observed and anti-government protests were organised in Jammu city Wednesday against the central government’s crackdown against yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters at the Ramlila Ground in New Delhi last week.

Ramdev and his supporters were on an anti-corruption fast when Delhi Police evicted them past-midnight June 4.

The shutdown call here was given by various political, social and non-governmental organisations, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party and the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP).

Shops and business establishments in the city remained closed while the traffic was thin.

“The success of the shutdown speaks of the peoples’ anger against the government’s action against the peaceful satyagrahis in Ramlila Ground,” said Darakshan Andrabi, chairman of the SDP. She joined the fast with Baba Ramdev in New Delhi.

She told IANS that the people would not rest till the demands of Baba Ramdev were met. “There is a new awakening among the people,” she said.

At several places the city, processions were taken out and protesters burnt effigies of the United Progressive Alliance government and Congress leader Digvijay Singh who, they alleged, used “abusive language against Baba and also against those demanding action against the corrupt”.

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