Bangalore: India Against Corruption (IAC)
on Monday requested the Karnataka Government to provide temporary
accommodation to house its activists participating in Anna
Hazare`s "jail baro" programme for a strong Lokpal Bill
starting from December 30 citing lack of space in prisons.
The plea for identifying space to lodge those who would
court arrest as part of the programme was made by IAC activist
Prithvi Reddy, a Team Anna Core Committee member, during a
meeting he had with state Chief Secretary S V Ranganath.
Ranganath told reporters here that at least 10,000 people,
including 7,000 in Bangalore, have registered in Karnataka for
the "jail baro" programme whereas jails in the state have
capacity only for 10,000 inmates and already housed at least
Sources said the government was considering the State`s
Armed Reserve Police ground to lodge those participating in
the jail baro programme.
The IAC members would also commence their three-day fast at
the Freedom Park here from tomorrow expressing solidarity with
Hazare who is staging a fast in Mumbai over the Lokpal bill.
Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy Iyengar, who is spearheading
the stir in Bangalore, and Raitha Sangha leader Kodihalli
Chandrasekhar have demanded strong Lokpal bill.