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Meet Ramdev, the landlord

How Uttarakhand Govt gave Baba 644 acres at throwaway prices

By Man Mohan, Our Roving Editor, The Tribune
New Delhi/Dehradun, June 6

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev currently hitting headlines for his crusade against corruption and billions of dollars Indian black money stashed in Swiss and tax heaven banks is a “big landlord”.

The 47-year-old “Bal Brahmchari” Ramdev, who was born as Ramkrishna Yadav in Alipur village, district Mahendragarh (Haryana), ‘owns’ huge tracts of land, that includes 261.468 hectares (644 acres) , worth hundreds of crores at the current market rate, around his yoga headquarters in Haridwar.

Besides this, Ramdev had procured more land directly from the villagers ‘with the help of authorities.’ This had led to a farmers’ agitation. The farmers complained that they had been forced to part with the land at a very low price. [more]