India Corruption

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW DELHI (AP) - An Indian yoga guru was in stable condition at
a hospital Friday after his health declined on the seventh day of a
hunger strike against corruption, his spokesman and the hospital
said.

Baba Ramdev had lost weight, was dehydraded and had a low pulse
rate, so "doctors decided to shift him to a hospital" from his north Indian ashram in Haridwar, spokesman S.K. Tijarawala said.

He started his hunger strike in New Delhi to demand the return
of billions of dollars stashed abroad illegally in tax havens by
companies and wealthy Indians. A police raid evicted Ramdev and
thousands of his followers from a park Sunday, injuring dozens and
sparking enormous public outrage.

He continued his fast at his spiritual retreat, and hundreds of
Ramdev's followers watched Friday as state authorities put him in
an ambulance to go to a hospital in the nearby town of Dehradun.

Ramdev's condition has stabilized and he was fully conscious,
said a bulletin issued by the Himalayan Hospital later Friday.

Yogesh Chandra Sharma, a senior doctor, earlier said that Baba
Ramdev had lost 12 pounds (5.5 kilograms) since he started fasting.
He also said Ramdev had low blood pressure.

Ramdev's protest is part of a public push to demand government
accountability after a series of corruption scandals such as improper telecoms licensing, illegal land acquisitions and irregularities in staging last year's Commonwealth Games.

Ramdev had agreed to take lime water and honey, but he refused
to end his hunger strike.


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