Police forcibly take away Indian yoga guru

By the Associated Press | June 4, 2011 | 8:57 PM EDT

Renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses supporters, a day ahead of his proposed fast against corruption, in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 3, 2011. Ramdev said that he will go ahead with his plan of fasting from June 4, 2011 to protest against corruption and what he says is the Indian government's inaction in bringing back black money stashed abroad. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of police officers have swooped down on the venue of a hunger strike by an Indian yoga guru and forcibly removed him and thousands of his supporters, citing security reasons.

Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat says officers detained Baba Ramdev early Sunday, but later released him.

Bhagat told The Associated Press that security concerns prompted the police action.

Ramdev and tens of thousands of his supporters began an indefinite hunger strike Saturday in a campaign to try to root out India's endemic corruption.

The police acted within hours of both the government and Ramdev announcing an agreement on steps to battle corruption.