Indian yoga guru ends hunger strike against corruption
Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev ended a nine-day hunger strike against corruption Sunday at the urging of a group of spiritual leaders, dpa reported.
Shri Shri Ravi Shankar announced that Ramdev, 46, had broken his fast after being hospitalised Friday when his condition deteriorated.
Ramdev, began the hunger strike June 4 to demand anti-corruption measures by the government, including the repatriation of money held illegally by Indians in foreign banks.
His protest in New Delhi was broken up by police that night, and he returned to his hermitage in Hardwar to continued his fast. Some of his followers were injured in the crackdown.
Ramdev was ordered hospitalised Friday by local officials in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand.
A spokesman for the Jolly Grant Hospital in Dehradun near Hardwar said the guru would stay for a couple of days until he regains his strength.
A Ramdev aide named Balayogi said the guru vowed to keep up his activism against corruption.
"He has pledged to continue his campaign to demand that all black money should be declared national wealth and be brought back to the country," Balayogi said.
Many civil society groups are demanding government accountability after a series of corruption scandals rocked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government in recent months