New Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi by holding her responsible for his detention at tye Heathrow Airport. He was allowed to go ahead with his programme in London after he was detained and questioned on Saturday.
He said, "A foreign origin woman sitting in India was behind my detention at the Heathrow Airport." He was detained and quizzed by customs officials for over six hours on landing in Britain.
According to sources, his questioning by airport officials was related to him travelling on a visitor's visa instead of a business one. Ramdev arrived at Heathrow Airport this evening with British Indian MP Keith Vaz to meet the chief immigration officer.
The immigration officer later gave Ramdev leave to enter the UK lawfully and carry on with his programmes. Emerging from the nearly 20-minute meeting, Ramdev claimed the Indian government may have had a hand in his detention. "I'm sad to say that our government did not support us. I'll wait for all the details but what happened indicates that the UK authorities may have been misguided by the Indian government. I believe a red alert was attached to my name," Ramdev had said.
Earlier, the yoga guru had told reporters he had "never done anything unethical or wrong". He had said, "I have been travelling to the UK and the US for eight years and I have never been treated the way I have been treated this time. "Since Friday, I have been asking the UK officials to tell me what my fault is," he had said.
Ramdev had further said he had followed all rules and visa conditions of the British government. "I would only expect that the way we respect the UK, they will show India and Indians the same respect. I'll accept whatever they decide." He is in Britain to chair a series of 'yoga shivirs' and talks organised by the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust.
The UK Home Office refused to comment on what it described as an individual's questioning over immigration issues. Ramdev's spokesperson SK Tejarawala had dismissed reports that he was detained for carrying some medicines. "He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects.
It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained," he had said. His detention had been criticised by the BJP which urged the Centre to intervene. BJP President Rajnath Singh termed the detention of the yoga guru as "serious" issue and asked the Centre to take cognisance of the matter.
(With additional information from PTI)