Jamia Nagar man throws ink on Ramdev, beaten up
OT, January 15, 2012 12:28 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
It appears that inspired by the Iraqi shoe-thrower Muntadar al-Zaidi, an Okhla resident too tried to emulate him. Kamran Yunus Siddiqui, who runs a NGO, Real Cause, and whose posters can be found all over the locality on burning issues, grabbed headlines when he threw black ink at Baba Ramdev during a press conference held at the Constitution Club in New Delhi to deal with black money.
Reports have surfaced that a comment by Ramdev on Batla House encounter provoked him. However, Ramdev denied this and said he never uttered a word on Batla House encounter. "I have forgiven him," he further added.
Kamran, who was carrying a walkie-talkie walked to Ramdev and embarrassed him. However, he was overpowered by Ramdev's supporters and even beaten up badly before being taken to the Parliament Police Station.
The incident went viral with TV channels giving full coverage to the incident and politicians cutting across parties condemned the act.
Okhla resident Ameeque Jamai said: "Such act should be discouraged. By doing so he set a bad example. In a democracy one cannot adopts such ways to express his/her anger."
Local MLA Asif Md Khan lashed out at Kamran and called him a criminal. He told OKHLA TIMES: "By doing such things he has tried to give bad name to Jamia Nagar. Criminal cases are lodged against him in five police stations of New Delhi. Also, he has participated in BJP's Rajnath Singh's election campaign in Ghaziabad. This time he campaigned for Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit."
Seeking inquiry into the matter, MLA Khan said he should be treated as criminals and police should find out people who are behind him. He accused Kamran being an agent of BJP and Congress. "I have seen him in many events organized by Anna Hazare and Ramdev Baba." The accused also fought councilor elections twice on independent tickets, but lost.
Kamran's brother Mohammad Yunus Siddiqui, was quick to issue a statement to media persons and said: "Kamran wanted to ask a question on Prashant Bhushan's statement on Kashmir, which Baba Ramdev refused to answer. The attack was not preplanned. What Kamran did was wrong, but Baba Ramdev's supporters shouldn't have taken law into their hands. They broke his nose and teeth. Ramdev misleading the nation. He himself has money stashed abroad,"
The development led to accusation with the Congress clearing its stand. Disassociating the party from the incident, Digvijaya Singh said: "I see a conspiracy behind this to incite communal tension. Identity of this person should be investigated."
Terming such incidents ways to gain cheap publicity, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a through probe into the ink throwing incident. Many residents in Jamia Nagar too are unhappy with Kamran for throwing ink on Baba Ramdev.
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