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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lack of facilities hits protesters at Ramlila!


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Anna Hazare supporters at the Ramlila Maidan on Friday.
Anna Hazare supporters at the Ramlila Maidan on Friday - PTI.


As droves of people flocked to the Ramlila Maidan to voice their support for Anna Hazare, lack of water and sanitation facilities at the venue tested the resolve of quite a few supporters.
With the protests probably stretching over more than two weeks, protesters hope that arrangements will be made soon for clean drinking water and medicines to alleviate the suffering of the people flocking to support the movement.
According to the agreement reached between Team Anna and police, the organisers have to arrange for drinking water, medical aid and mobile toilets.
A protester at the venue said, “There is no water and toilets are in a deplorable condition. People, especially women, who have come from outside Delhi are suffering terribly here.”
Scarcity of water and sanitation facilities at the venue have created trouble for the Gandhian’s supporters, with one fainting and being rushed to a hospital.
One Vishnu Dutt Sharma from Uttar Pradesh who is fasting in the city collapsed in the morning and was rushed to LNJP hospital where he is being treated. “He did not have food or water for three days. He fell unconscious,” an agitator said.
A doctor at the venue said the basic problem was scarcity and the quality of water the protesters were drinking.
“There is no proper arrangement for water supply and people are not carrying bottled water. So they are facing problems,” he said.
To provide relief, a group of doctors from Indian Medical Association have set up camp at the venue to ensure round-the-clock emergency medical care free of cost to the supporters.
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