New Delhi, Jun 5 ; Social activist Anna Hazare, who arrived here from Kochi, said on Sunday that the police action at Ramlila Maidan in the dead of night was worse than the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre.
Hazare told mediapersons on his arrival that there could be shortcomings in Baba Ramdev, but the way police carried out atrocities on women in the dead of night is reprehensible.
The midnight police action on satyagrahis has proved that the government is out to throttle the voice of democracy, said Hazare.
Civil society activists Shanti Bhushan and Swami Agnivesh today criticised the police action to end the hunger strike of Baba Ramdev with former Law Minister calling it an Emergency-like situation and demanding resignation of the Prime Minister.
However, Swami Agnivesh was equally critical of Baba Ramdev saying he should have called off the fast once the government gave him assurances on his demands. But instead he instigated his followers to continue the agitation with the result innocent men and women were attacked.
Comparing the government's action to that of Emergency in 1975, Bhushan said it shows to what extent the government can go to protect black money offenders.
Agnivesh criticised the police action saying this kind of brutal lathicharge and tear gas shelling on sleeping followers was condemnable. PTI