Delhi Police warn Team Anna on inflammatory speeches

The Delhi Police on Wednesday warned Team Anna against making inflammatory speeches, in a letter written to the activists.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday warned Team Anna against making inflammatory speeches, in a letter written to the activists.

The Police also advised Team Anna members to end their indefinite fast, in view of the deteriorating health of Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai.

The Police further suggested that the three be hospitalised as recommended by government doctors.

While Kejriwal, Sisodia and Rai have been sitting on indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar since July 25, Anna Hazare joined the fast on July 29.

Doctors have advised Kejriwal and Rai to get hospitalised as ketone levels in their body have increased, but the duo have refused to do so.

Kejriwal, who had yesterday warned the government against force-feeding or forcefully shifting him to hospital, today said it was a government conspiracy to forcefully hospitalise those Team Anna members who have been sitting on fast.

“All my parameters are all right, but there is weakness due to which there is a difficulty in walking and talking,” Kejriwal said. “This would happen as it the eighth day of my fast,” he added.

"I am weak but the government is saying that they will put me in a hospital as I am trying to commit suicide," Kejriwal said.

“If the government forcefully shifts us to hospital, then it is your duty to bring us back,” he told his supporters.

He added that if he was put in a government hospital he would surely die.

He also said that he was not committing suicide. It was a "sacrifice for the people", he added. The activist said that from today they will not give daily health reports to government doctors as the government was conspiring to scuttle their fast.

Addressing the crowd, Anna Hazare said, “When does a person commit suicide? He does so when he is in trouble, but Arvind is fighting for the people of the country.”

The government is in trouble that’s why they may forcefully arrest him on charge of trying to commit suicide, he added.

Making his resolve clear, Anna said, “We will continue the fast till we have the last breath.”

Speaking from the stage, Hazare had said earlier that they will not end the protest till their demands are met and a strong Lokpal Bill is passed.

Team Anna requested Kejriwal and Rai to end their hunger strike and let other members carry on with the stir but the activists refused to budge.

A Team Anna member said they requested both Kejriwal and Rai but they did not budge from their position and that they will continue with the fast.

According to doctors, elevated ketone levels could affect the activists’ vital organs. In fact, Rai’s ketone level has already entered the danger zone and he has been vomiting frequently.

Addressing protesters this morning, Team Anna member Kumar Vishwas said the health condition of Kejriwal and Rai was serious. "The whole country is concerned about their health," he said.

Concerned over the deteriorating condition of the activists, the team went into a huddle this morning on the future course of action.

In the meeting, it was also suggested that some other Team Anna members sit on fast in place of Kejriwal and Rai.

Hazare had earlier this morning chaired a meeting of the Team Anna core group to discuss the situation, including Kejriwal and Rai’s health condition.

The government’s stand that it would not hold any more talks with Team Anna has also worried the activists.

Miffed over government not initiating any dialogue process, Hazare yesterday ruled out talks with even the Prime Minister to end their stir. He also threatened to return Padma Bhushan bestowed on him as protest.

Prashant Bhushan targeted government for not initiating a dialogue with Team Anna alleging that they want people like Hazare to die so that they can continue to loot the country.

"Government said they were not ready to talk to us. This is their attitude. They have utmost disrespect for people. They want people like Anna, Arvind, Manish and others to die so that they can continue their loot," he charged.

(With PTI inputs)