Fifty supporters of Anna detained at fast venue

At least 50 supporters of Anna Hazare were detained on Monday night by Delhi police at Jai Prakash Narain Park.

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2011, 00:42 AM IST

New Delhi: At least 50 supporters of Anna
Hazare were detained on Monday night by Delhi police at Jai Prakash
Narain Park, the venue of the anti-graft crusader`s planned
fast from tomorrow, for defying prohibitory orders clamped in
the area.

The supporters of the Gandhian were taken in a police
bus to a nearby police station, police said. Hazare has been
denied permission by Delhi police to hold his fast at JPN
park.

They had gathered ahead of Hazare`s fast for a strong
Lokpal bill to express solidarity with him.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said
prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in some areas of
Daryaganj and IP police stations in Central Delhi, which
include Jai Prakash Narain Park and Shaheed Park, were clamped
this evening. The section prohibits the assembly of five or
more people in one place.

The areas where prohibitory orders have been imposed
include Shantivan to Rajghat, Rajghat to Jawahar Lal Nehru
Marg, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg to JLN Marg, Delhi Gate to Tilak
Marg on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg.

The orders came following police denying permission to
Hazare to hold the protest at the park after organisers
refused to give an undertaking restricting the number of
protest days to three and protestors to 5,000.

A large contingent of police, including women
personnel, have been deployed around JPN Park to ensure that
no untoward incident takes place.

Delhi Police meanwhile sought the services of two
magistrates from the city government.

Sources said Delhi Police have requested Principal
Secretary (Home) of the city government to provide them with
two magistrates whose services might be required to handle the
law and order situation during the proposed protest.

Top officials also reviewed the situation at Police
Headquarters.

Union Home Secretary RK Singh held a meeting with
Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta and other senior officials
at the Police Headquarters here to take stock of the measures
taken by the force to tackle any untoward situation.

PTI