Indian PM defends action to forcibly remove yuga guru from capital

09:56, June 07, 2011      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has defended government action to forcibly remove a yuga guru, who was staging a hunger strike against corruption, from the national capital, saying it was the only way to deal with the situation, according to local media reports Tuesday.

Singh told media on Monday that the incident was "unfortunate" but unavoidable, reported the Press Trust of India.

In his first comments on the issue, Singh said, "It is unfortunate that operation had to be conducted but quite honestly, there was no alternative."

He asserted that his government was concerned and serious about fighting corruption but maintained that there was "no magic wand."

Yuga guru Ramdev was ejected from a protest venue in New Delhi Saturday night when he was gathering a huge rally to protest corruption at Ramlila Maidan in the capital.

He was flown to Uttarakhand by police and banned from entering the capital again for a period of time.

Source: Xinhua
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