New Delhi: Delhi Police has told team
Anna Hazare that they cannot go for their proposed indefinite
fast and sit-in at Jantar Mantar against the Lokpal Bill and
asked them to either choose a venue outside the capital or
give a definite time-frame for their campaign near Parliament.
Hazare has announced that he will sit on an indefinite
fast here from August 16 demanding the withdrawal of the
government`s Lokpal Bill, in a replay of his protest at Jantar
Mantar in early April demanding a strong Lokpal to fight
corruption in high places.
Team Anna had a series of meetings with the officials
of the Home Ministry and the Delhi Police and the decision was
conveyed to them by the authorities.
Official sources said the Delhi Police has cited a
2009 order of the Supreme Court and has said that they cannot
give permission for indefinite dharna anywhere in Delhi
including in Jantar Mantar as Parliament would be in session
beginning August 1.
Police authorities said that no one group can be
allowed to capture the entire space at Jantar Mantar as many
groups conduct protests during this period (Parliament
So, if Anna and his supporters want to go ahead with
their fast and dharna they will have to shift their venue to
the outskirts of Delhi or give the police a definite
time-frame for their sit-in.
The Delhi Police, Home Ministry officials and Hazare
supporters are in constant touch, they said.
"The entire country will protest with me at Jantar
Mantar on August 16...This is not Hazare`s protest but the
entire country`s. The people need to look at this as a second
fight for their freedom and they should all come out on the
streets," Hazare said yesterday in Maharashtra`s Ralegaon