Anna begins fast to protest police crackdown on Ramdev
June, 08th 2011
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has arrived at Rajghat in New Delhi to begin his day-long token fast to protest against police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters during their agitation against corruption on Saturday night. He is accompanied by his supporters Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwa related stories People throng Rajghat to support Hazare's one-day fast
There is heavy deployment of police force at the Rajghat and Anna has expressed unhappiness over the same. Speaking to reporters, Anna said that attack on the Ramdev supporters on Saturday night was an attempt by the government to scare ordinary people, so that they do not dare to protest against injustice in a peaceful manner.
Earlier on Wednesday, people gathered at Rajghat to take part in the hunger strike called by Hazare. A number of youths wearing Gandhi caps and elderly people were seen at the spot waving the tricolour amidst a heavy posse of security personnel.
A man dressed like Mahatma Gandhi was the centre of attraction as he sang Gandhi's favourite bhajan, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram.
With Delhi Police refusing permission for the day-long hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, Hazare had decided to shift the venue to Rajghat to avoid a confrontation.
Civil rights activists had contended that denial of permission to hold peaceful protests was against the basic Constitutional rights of citizens.
The Hazare-led protest will be accompanied by an all-religion prayer meeting and a debate on lokpal bill.
A senior police official on Tuesday said that they have refused permission for the fast at Jantar Mantar due to prohibitory orders at the site after the police action against Baba Ramdev in Ramlila Maidan on Sunday.