Ranchi: Three days after anti-corruption
activist Anna Hazare stepped out of Delhi`s Tihar Jail,
women on Friday hit the streets in Ranchi while several
shop-owners spontaneously downed shutters in the
Jharkhand capital in support of Gandhian Anna Hazare.
The women, mostly tribals, took out a huge rally under
various banners, including Birsa Ulgulan Manch, covering main
routes of the city, shouting pro-Anna and anti-corruption
"It was a spontaneous shutdown by business
establishment not only in the city but also in the rural areas
of Ranchi district like Ratu and Mandar," said Sanjay Seth,
the convenor of India Against Corruption, Jharkhand
Chapter/Jharkhand Civil Society.
Most shops in the city were closed for two hours
following the shutdown call by the `India Against Corruption`
forum, he said.
"The response sends out a message to the Centre that
it should not delay in accepting Anna Hazare`s demand for the
Jan Lokpal Bill covering prime minister and higher judiciary,"
He said, "The Congress` projection of Rahul Gandhi as
the youth icon belied its claim after lakhs of youth across
the country are rallying behind 74-year-old Anna Hazare
Students of Birsa Institute of Technology, Meshra,
will organize an event "Support to Anna Hazare" at 5 pm
through street plays, Arun Kumar Goutam, one of the organizers
of the event said here.
The advocates of Dumka and Jamtara districts today
boycotted courts and took out processions in support of
Hazare at their respective places.