Ramdev shifted to hospital after his health worsens

Haridwar: Amid high drama, Yoga guru Ramdev, whose indefinite fast entered seventh day on Friday, was shifted to a hospital in Dehra Dun as doctors attending on him opined that his health parametres were "worrisome".

A Patanjali Yogapeeth spokesman claimed that the decision to shift Ramdev to a hospital was taken by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, who gave directions to Haridwar District Magistrate in this regard.

The 46-year-old yoga guru is being "taken to Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences in Dehra Dun", G S Martolia, SSP, Dehra Dun, told PTI.

There was commotion at the ashram as some of Ramdev`s supporters protested the district administration`s move to shift him to hospital.

Some protestors even clashed with police when the yoga guru, who is on a fast against corruption and black money, was being taken on a stretcher. However, it was resolved immediately with the help of ashram authorities.

Doctors, who examined Ramdev in the morning, had said that he needed immediate hospitalisation.

"His blood pressure is 104/70 which is low and pulse rate is 58 per minute which is also low. If his pulse rate and BP continue to go down, it may put some pressure on his heart.

We found that his health is going down. It is worrisome," Chief Medical Officer Yogesh Chandra Sharma said after the medical examination.

A close aide of Ramdev, Swami Sampoornand, claimed that the yoga guru had gone into an "unconscious state".

The doctors attending on him had sent in a recommendation for his hospitalisation on "priority basis" as they had found him suffering from dehydration and had advised him to break his fast, which rejected by the yoga exponent.