Jan Lokpal Bill: Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravishankar join protesters outside Tihar Jail, close aides meet Anna
August, 17th 2011
Yoga guru Ramdev and the Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravishankar on Wednesday joined protestors expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare outside Tihar Jail.
Anna Hazare's close aides, including Kiran Bedi and Swami Agnivesh met the civil society leader in the Jail to discuss the road ahead.
Activist Medha Patkar and lawyer Prashant Bhushan were there as well. A member of Hazare's team said they were discussing the future course of action.
Ramdev, with whom Hazare and his associates have differences due to his alleged links with Hindutva elements, reached Tihar Jail this afternoon.
Earlier, Ramdev submitted a memorandum against Hazare's arrest to President Pratibha Patil.
Addressing protesters, Ramdev termed Hazare's arrest as a "conspiracy in the name of democracy".
"Anna is fighting for a strong Lokpal and his dream will be fulfilled. The whole country and all patriotic countrymen are with him in this struggle," he said.
"We have been getting reports of Anna-ji walking out of Tihar from media but we have no confirmation on this," Bedi said.
Hazare was jailed on Tuesday ahead of his fast for an effective anti-corruption law at the J.P. Park.
The Delhi Police action led to protests across the country. The government changed its mind later in the evening and released Hazare but he refused to move out of the jail until he was allowed to carry on his hunger strike without any conditions.
"Anna's fast is going on, the movement is going on, he has left the barracks of the jail but is in the room of a jail official. Whatever we were supposed to do in the (J.P.) park, we are doing here," said Manish Sisodia, Hazare's aide.
According to Sisodia, Anna Hazare will not leave the prison till the location of his fast is finalised.
Hundreds of people holding the tricolour and shouting slogans gathered outside the Tihar Jail in support of Hazare.