Hazare`s arrest: Sibal heckled at seminar

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was on Tuesday greeted with protests from Anna Hazare supporters at a seminar on Lokpal here, hours after the arrest of the Gandhian.

Updated: Aug 16, 2011, 20:46 PM IST

New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was on Tuesday greeted with protests from Anna Hazare supporters at a seminar
on Lokpal here, hours after the arrest of the Gandhian.

The students reportedly from Jawaharlal Nehru University,
Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia University were
protesting Hazare`s arrest under the banner of All India
Student`s Association at a seminar.

"Janlokpal Lagoo Karo, Jantantrik Andolan ka daman band
karo," they chanted slogans inside the Mavalankar Auditorium
taking the audience and the organisers completely by surprise.

They were, however, evicted by the organisers as Sibal
stood at the podium silently.

"We were evicted out of the auditorium, when we rose to
ask the Minister why our right to protest was being curbed and
why Anna Hazare, who has been spearheading the agitation
against corruption was arrested in such an undemocratic way,"
said Ravi Rai, one of the protesting members.

Alleging that one of the students sustained injuries
while being evicted, Rai said the action was taken at the
behest of the Minister.

Sibal, however, remained unfazed over the entire episode,
saying the government will never allow attempts to change the
structure of the Constitution by people who are attempting to
"destroy the law making process through protest".

PTI