Hazare supporters continue protests in Mumbai

Protests continued as supporters of Hazare-led anti-corruption movement thronged the Azad Maidan in South Mumbai on the second day, protesting the `undemocratic` manner in which the 73-year-old Gandhian was taken into custody.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2011, 17:41 PM IST

Mumbai: Protests continued here on Monday as
supporters of Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement
thronged the Azad Maidan in South Mumbai on the second day,
protesting the `undemocratic` manner in which the 73-year-old
Gandhian was taken into custody by Delhi police.

Besides the activists of the NGO `India Against
Corruption` (IAC), youth and mill workers also joined the
protests.
People started trickling in since morning at the
sprawling ground, from where several protesters had been
evicted last night by police.

Ad-man Bharat Dabholkar and chairman of All India Imaam
Parishad Maulana Mufti were among those who addressed the
protesters.
At suburban Powai, a group of former Army personnel
gathered to express solidarity with Hazare, an ex-Army man.
The mill workers` union also joined the protest.

Members of Left trade unions too were protesting at the
Azad Maidan, city CPI leader Prakash Reddy said.

Singer Kailash Kher would be performing at the Maidan
tomorrow, an IAC spokesperson said.

The mood at Azad Maidan was of patriotic fervour, as
hundreds of protesters were chanting slogans and singing
patriotic songs.

Some railway employees also joined in the protest.
Motormen gathered in front of the divisional railway manager?s
office at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to express support to
Hazare’s agitation; but train services were not disrupted,
they said.

"Fighting against corruption is everyone`s right and our
whole staff is with Hazare," said Venu Nair, divisional
secretary of National Railway Mazdoor Union.

PTI