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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Over thousand Hazare supporters detained in Maharashtra!


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Staff Reporter / The Hindu / MUMBAI, August 16, 2011.

Supporters of Indian rights activist Anna Hazare shout slogans as they are detained during a rally in support of Mr. Hazare's fight against corruption, in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photo: Shashi Ashiwal
Supporters of Indian rights activist Anna Hazare shout slogans as they are detained during a rally in support of Mr. Hazare's fight against corruption, in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photo: Shashi Ashiwal - The HIndu.

Over a thousand Anna Hazare supporters were on Tuesday detained in Maharashtra following widespread protests across the State. At Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, the epicentre of the Jan Lok Pal movement in Maharashtra, around thousand protestors were detained by evening after they courted arrest through the day.
The police control said hunger strikes and protests were staged in almost all the districts and around 100 people were detained in various places in the State outside Mumbai. People took to the streets in Satara, Sindhudurg, Kankavli, Devgad, Sawanwadi and Mr. Hazare’s village Ralegan Siddhi. Agitators mostly staged the andolan at tehsil offices. No incident of violence or rioting was reported anywhere in Maharashtra, the police said.
Around 2,000 supporters gathered at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Tuesday morning and announced their jail bharo andolan following the news of Mr. Hazare’s arrest. They poured on to the main road in batches and barged into police vans raising boisterous shouts of “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai.”
Women also participated in the jail bharo andolan in good numbers. All the agitators were whisked away to different police stations and remained under detention at the time of going to press.
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Bollywood absent
While Bollywood was conspicuous by its absence in the andolan, model-actor Milind Soman registered his presence at the protests. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Raj Purohit arrived with his supporters. However, while they were let into the agitation venue, they were not allowed to enter with the BJP flags.
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Bandobast
Companies of the State Reserve Police Force, zonal officers’ delta squads, local police teams and additional forces from the local arms unit were deployed as part of the police bandobast.
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