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Updated: September 27, 2011 11:22 IST

Rajbala, seriously injured in Ramlila crackdown, dies

Bindu Shajan Perappadan
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Raj Bala, who was seriously injured during the police action at Ramlila grounds, undergoes treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Delhi's GB Pant Hospital. File Photo.
Raj Bala, who was seriously injured during the police action at Ramlila grounds, undergoes treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Delhi's GB Pant Hospital. File Photo.

The 51-year-old woman passed away after developing cardiac dysfunction leading to cardiac arrest

Fifty-one-year-old Rajbala, who suffered a crippling spinal injury during the pre-dawn police crackdown at Baba Ramdev's camp on the Ramlila Maidan here on June 5, died on Monday following cardiac arrest.

The Gurgaon resident, who was seriously injured in the police action while participating in the Baba Ramdev-led agitation against corruption, was undergoing treatment at G. B. Pant Hospital here.

Her daughter-in-law Rakesh Malik said: “After the police action, Rajbala called us to inform that she had been injured. We rushed to the hospital and she told us that the police had lathicharged her and several other people who had joined the protest.”

Cremation at Sonepat

“Her injury marks too clearly showed that force had been used. The hospital had been taking good care of her, but after her death, the hospital authorities refused to give us a death summary and other relevant papers, and even asked us to file an RTI application. We were harassed, but the hospital authorities later cooperated and handed over the body. The cremation will take place at our village in Sonepat on Tuesday,” said Ms. Malik.

Rajbala's son Amit Malik could not hide his anger. “The police force was used by politicians to end a protest against corruption. We have lost our mother who was a fighter and who raised her voice against atrocities. We hope we'll get justice”

A hospital statement said: “This [Monday] morning, Rajbala developed cardiac dysfunction leading to cardiac arrest. She did not respond to resuscitative efforts and was declared dead at 10.25 a.m. The patient was admitted on June 5 with post-traumatic fracture and dislocation of cervical C4 and C5 vertebrate with quadriplegia and respiratory irregularity, haemodynamic instability and bladder and bowel dysfunction.”

Critical from day one

“Rajbala was being treated for spinal injuries and her condition had been critical from day one. She also underwent surgery but had to be put on ventilator later. During the past three days, her condition deteriorated further,” said a senior health official at the hospital.

According to Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar, Rajbala had in a statement to the doctor attending on her said she sustained injuries during a stampede. “She was on the stage when the incident took place and that there was no lathi charge by the police.”

The police said Rajbala was suffering from osteoporosis, a brittle bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. Her sons also gave an affidavit stating she sustained injuries when she was on the stage.

Ultimate sacrifice: Ramdev

Calling Rajbala's death the ‘ultimate sacrifice,' Baba Ramdev, in a statement, said it “is an irreparable loss to the whole organisation…..and her death will not go in vain. We will continue to fight for a corruption-free India.”

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With Raj Bala, GB Pant Hosp is enough. But with that buffoon Amar Singh, either Mumbai or foreign hospitals are required! Why don't the politicos just admit that the Indian Political system is a despotic system, not a democratic one?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Sep 28, 2011 at 08:03 IST

This is really sad. May her soul rest in peace. Govt should be brought accountable for this. It is sad that it happened in our country.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 21:43 IST

The Delhi Police Commissioner, the Home Minister and the HRD Minister should immediately be arrested and sent to Tihar jail for their illegal, brutal and murderous crime. Is there no justice system in the country? Is it only to terrorise innocent people like Rajbala?

from:  S K DAS
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 16:33 IST

Rajbala would have been alive today but for the barbarity that was let loose on peaceful anti-corruption protesters by the Delhi Police which reports to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs headed by Mr P Chidambaram. On Monday, she breathed her last. Will anybody be held accountable for her death? What was her fault, except that she was part of a crowd of peaceful protesters? What crime had she committed that the police should have assaulted her in so merciless a manner? The atrocious misdeed of Delhi Police has understandably shocked the nation. What is worse and hence even more condemnable is the shameless response of Delhi Police and its political masters in Home Ministry. While Delhi Police continues to absurdly insist that it had not resorted to any strong-arm measures and acted with utmost restraint to disperse the protesters, the Government has sought to distance itself from the ghastly episode by passing the buck to the police, saying that they acted on on their own.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 16:21 IST

This is the time for judiciary to show that it is free from corruption and could uphold the constitution when the Parliament fails.

from:  SP
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 15:59 IST

The Styagrah / Ahinsa / Anshan which was preached and practiced by the CONGRESS. Even Britishers being the foreign ruler opted it as their last resort of using force against the persons representing through Ahinsa / Non Violence and Anshan means. Congress forgot that whenever such type of presentations was crushed like this it resulted in the Emergence of Bhagat Singh / Sukhdev and Rajguru. At this juncture I would I also like to remind Congress of CHAURI CHORA incidence that Congress condemned the retaliation of some persons against the use of force by Britishers on peaceful demonstration and called back the entire movement. Congress be aware and careful because in INDIA we believe History Repeats Itself.

from:  Kumar Raman Shrivastava
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 15:57 IST

This is unacceptable use of police force that a democracy cannot and should not tolerate. Someone in the police force or their higher ups have to be held fully accountable.

from:  Baskar Guha
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 15:25 IST

In fact the Police action was barbaric and it is a lesson to the living people of India. The people who are responsible in this incident must severely be punished at the earliest.

from:  Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 15:21 IST

We have to keep in mind that we are not ruled by the Britishers who respect the law and are now ruled by barbarians who are respect only one family in the land and do anything to keep them happy. Things like Satyagraha do not work with them. If the judiciary is free from corruption and enpotism, the highest court should take cognizance of this and order the arrest of all people responsible for this barbaric act.

from:  P R Sundaresan
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 13:02 IST

Police crack down at Ramlila Maidan was ordered by congress govt at the center. Kapil Sibal and P Chindabaram ordered the midnight crack down. So, they should be arrested on charge of Murder. Police even did not spare to old woman like Rajbala. It is barbaric. It is very sad news that she died.

from:  Niranjan Pradhan
Posted on: Sep 27, 2011 at 12:30 IST
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