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UPDATE: Baba Ramdev spokesman demands explanation as guru is released after being detained for six hours at Heathrow

Famed Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev has been released after being detained for more than six hours by officials at Heathrow Airport on Friday (20 Sept).

Baba Ramdev had arrived in London to participate in a series of events this weekend to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of 19th Century Indian spiritual leader Swami Vivekanand.

Ramdev was scheduled to be the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker at an event marking the 150th Birth Anniversary of 19th Century Indian spiritual guru Swami Vivekananda on Saturday (21 September).

He was also set to appear at a function in Hounslow, West London alongside former Indian Cabinet Minister Venkaiah Naidu and teenage Pakistani education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

Ramdev's spokesman SK Tejarawala described as "baseless" that he was being questioned about medicines that he was carrying.

"It was not clear why the yoga guru was detained for over six hours at Heathrow. 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," Mr Tejarawala told PTI.

Organizers of an event in Hounslow, West London earlier told the UKAsian that Ramdev had been detained by customs and questioned about several books in the Sanskrit language he was carrying. 

Mr Sanjay Jagatia of the Pathanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust said that officials had been "waiting for a translator" to "verify the contents of the books" and would "follow procedure no matter how long it took".



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