Surprise check outside Tihar before Anna`s release

Bomb disposal teams and dog squads conducted a surprise check outside Tihar Jail early Thursday morning, soon after it was announced that Anna Hazare would soon move out of the prison.

New Delhi: Bomb disposal teams and dog squads
conducted a surprise check outside Tihar Jail here early Thursday morning, soon after the Anna Hazare team announced that the Gandhian would move out of the prison to launch his
anti-corruption protest at Ramlila Maidan.

The teams descended outside the jail, where Hazare supporters were camping to express solidarity with the 73-year-old Gandhian, at around 3:30 am and conducted a thorough check and sanitised the area.

The security personnels` action resulted in giving some
anxious moments for scores of protesters assembled there as
they were seen enquiring whether there was input about any
suspicious object being planted there.

Sniffer dogs also conducted searches along with members
of the bomb disposal squad.

As the area outside the jail was littered with heaps of
plastic bags and food pouches, the security personnel were
seen minutely checking each and every waste material to ensure
that no suspicious object was hidden beneath.

When quizzed, a member of the bomb disposal squad said
they were there on orders to ensure that no suspicious objects
were planted in the area to create terror when Hazare comes
out of the prison.

Hazare had refused to come out of jail after being
released from detention yesterday demanding that he be allowed
to continue with his protest in the capital without any
conditions.

After a late night meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner
B K Gupta, the Hazare team said the Gandhian decided to accept
the city police`s offer of permitting him to stage his protest
for 14 days which could be extended later.

PTI

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