Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh mentioned on Monday he had no other ways but to send police to compulsorily finish a peaceful anti-graft protest by Ramdev and thousands of his followers, hours after the country's top court called on the government to justify its actions.

Approximately 600 police used batons and tear gas early on Sunday to break up a mass hunger strike directed by Swami Ramdev in New Delhi, detaining the TV star before putting him on a plane to his home state. Dozens of followers and police were injured.