A 51-year-old woman, who was battling for life for about four months in a city hospital after she sustained serious spinal injuries in a police crackdown against yoga guru Ramdev’s fast at Ramlila Maidan, died in New Delhi on Monday.
Rajbala, who was in a critical condition for the past 114 days, breathed her last at the the neurosurgery department ICU of G B Pant Hospital in New Delhi at 10:25 AM, doctors said.
Admitted on June 4 after the midnight crackdown on Ramdev’s supporters, Rajbala, a resident of Gurgaon, underwent surgery. She remained on ventilator since then and had become a quadriplegic. The midnight police action, which attracted criticism from several quarters, to evict Ramdev and his supporters from Ramlila Maidan in the wee hours of June four resulted in injuries to several people, including police personnel.Ramdev and her family had alleged that she was injured in police lathicharge.However, police had denied that there was a lathicharge and claimed that she was injured in a stampede during eviction of protesters.
Grieving family members blamed Delhi Police for her death.
“She died due to police action. Everybody knows why police took such action against the protest. We want our mother back. Can they do that?” said Rakesh Malik, her daughter-in-law.
Expressing grief over Rajbala’s death, the BJP said it had “exposed” the claim by the police, made before the Superme Court, that there was no lathi charge on the protesters.
“It has exposed the police which had claimed that no lathicharge or atrocities were committed on protesters,” senior leader Rajnath Singh said.