13 Jun 2011

Hunger strike called off by guru

6:03 am on 13 June 2011

A popular yoga guru has called off an eight day hunger strike to denounce corruption in India after a prominent spiritual figure persuaded him to end his action.

Baba Ramdev pressed on with the fast at his ashram after police last week used batons and tear gas to disperse a hunger strike by him and his followers in New Delhi.

Baba Ramdev, who has a daily television audience of 30 million, was admitted to hospital on Friday with a low pulse rate and dehydration.

The BBC reports he began the fast last Saturday after cabinet ministers failed to convince him to call it off.