16 August 2011

Anna detained; what next?

Anna Hazare courted arrest after being detained by Delhi Police at his residence in Mayur Vihar ahead of his indefinite fast. Calling for a struggle to fight corruption and change the existing system, social activist Anna Hazare said he will court arrest today if the police does not allow him to reach the venue of his fast. He also appealed to people to go to jail in support of the anti-corruption struggle.
Anna detained; what next?

"We will go to JP Park tomorrow (Tuesday) for our fast. I have learnt that Section 144 (prohibiting gathering of five or more people) has been imposed. If they (police) refuse to allow us to proceed, we will sit there only. We are ready to go to jail. I appeal to people all over the country that when we go to jail, people in villages should also go to jail," Hazare told mediapersons here.

He said that when the government releases them from jail they will again go on a fast. Hazare said going to jail was not a slur and should not be considered bad.

"There should be a jail bharo (fill the jail) movement in villages," he said.

He urged people to stay non-violent, saying that if they resort to violence the government has the power to crush the agitation.

Hazare had declared that he would go on fast Aug 16 for a strong Lokpal bill.