‘He lost faith in Baba Ramdev a year ago'

Salim Alvi, the 30-year-old contractor from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh who allegedly threatened self-immolation at the fast venue of Baba Ramdev on Parliament Street here on Sunday, claimed that he wanted to take the extreme step as a protest against the yoga guru and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

The incident took place around 12-15 p.m. when Salim threatened to immolate himself, but was overpowered by the Team Anna supporters and handed over to the police.

During questioning, Salim purportedly disclosed that he was earlier a passionate supporter of the anti-corruption movements spearheaded by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare.

He had donated all his savings to their cause.

“However, Salim said he lost faith in Baba Ramdev as, exactly a year ago, he had stealthily fled the Ramlila Maidan when the police came to arrest him,” said a police officer.

The officer said Salim was also critical of Anna Hazare, who had supported Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray despite the fact that he was against people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, those who came in large numbers to support Anna Hazare during the protests demanding a strong Lokpal Bill.

Salim had allegedly bought toner and planned to set himself afire.

“However, he has agreed not to take such a step. He would in all likelihood be released after medical examination,” said the officer.

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