Anti-Corruption

Delhi Police Allows Anna to Sit on Fast for 7 Days at Ramlila Ground

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police finally accepted most of the demand put forward by Team Anna and allowed the Gandhian to carry on his fast for seven days at city’s Ramlila ground. According to media reports, the police is also to extend time period to more than seven days later on.  Earlier on Wednesday, noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan, a member Anna Hazare’s anti-coruption campaign team, told the government that Anna will come out of jail only if allowed to fast without conditions.

Anna Hazare and his team were in discussions with government and police over the venue of his fast after he comes out of Tihar Jail. According to latest media reports, government may allow Ramlila Maidan as venue for Anna’s protest after he comes out of jail.

Speaking to supporters after meeting Hazare, lawyer Prashant Bhushan told the crowd of supporters outside the jail that the Gandhian would come out only if he is allowed to fast without conditions.

Bhushan said that government and police were discussing with Hazare and his aides options of fast venue — JP Park or Ramlila Maidan — where he could launch his fight for a strong Lokpal.

He said if conditions are imposed, then Hazare will continue with his fast inside the jail. He also told the crowd that people of Delhi have been asked to come to India Gate for a march to Jantar Mantar in support of a strong Lokpal and fight against corruption.

Hazare had earlier sought permission from Tihar Jail authorities for a meeting with some of his top associates to plan his strategy.

The meeting was attended by Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Medha Patkar, Manish Sisodia and Swami Agnivesh. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand was also present at the meeting.

Hazare also met Sri Sri Ravishankar and yoga guru Ramdev in the prison.

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