Yoga guru leads protest against Indian corruption

Associated Press Modified: August 12, 2012 at 8:31 am •  Published: August 12, 2012
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NEW DELHI (AP) — A popular Indian yoga guru fasted for a fourth day Sunday and threatened to expand his anti-graft protest nationwide if the government doesn't act decisively to bring back billions of dollars of ill-gotten money that Indians allegedly have stashed abroad.

Baba Ramdev told thousands of cheering supporters at a sprawling fairground in the capital that he would announce an action plan on Monday to "intensify the protest across the country in the form of a people's revolt."

He asked his supporters to be ready to accept arrest, but urged them to be peaceful and shun violence.

"I will be the first person to go to jail and you follow me," he said.

Ramdev and his supporters say they haven't eaten for three days to pressure the government to accept their anti-corruption demands, including the creation of a powerful ombudsman to check government officials, an independent Central Bureau of Investigation, and actions to prevent tax evasion and the illegal stashing of money in overseas banks.