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Anna Hazare to sit on day-long fast at Jantar Mantar tomorrow

Jun 7, 2011

Anna Hazare and his
supporters will sit on a day-long fast at
Jantar Mantar here tomorrow to protest
against police action on Baba Ramdev and
have threatened to defy prohibitory orders
if police refuse to give permission.
Close aides of Hazare said preparations
were in full swing for the "very peaceful"
protest from 10 am to 7 pm at the dharna
hotspot of the capital. An all-religion prayer
meeting and a debate on Lokpal Bill are also
being organised during the fast.
Civil society member Arvind Kejriwal said,
"No one can stop Anna Hazare from
protesting at Jantar Mantar tomorrow".
Shanti Bhushan, who wrote to Delhi Police
on behalf of Hazare-led team seeking
permission for the protest, said the incident
in Ramlila Maidan on Saturday was a "blot
on democracy" and it was the right of public
to protest.
Police had on Sunday imposed Section 144
in Jantar Mantar and other areas in New
Delhi district following the midnight police
action in Ramlila Maidan where Ramdev and
his supporters were on an indefinite protest
against blackmoney.
In his letter, Bhushan said, "We are
informing you and cautioning you that this
re-imposition of Section 144 again in Central
Delhi in the absence of any emergent
situation which imminently threatens to
breach of peace, is a clear violation of
Citizen''s Charter."
"We are putting you on notice that we
intend to go ahead with the fast on June
eight which will be totally peaceful and any
attempt to prevent the people from reaching
Jantar Mantar would be viewed as a serious
violation of fundamental democratic rights
of the people. We hope the Delhi Police will
desist from any such attempt," he said.