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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

UNDECLARED EMERGENCY LIFTED?: Anna Hazare to come out of prison!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 17, 2011.

Supporters of Anna Hazare wait outside a gate of Tihar Jail in New Delhi on Wednesday. The 74-year-old social activist was about to come out of the prison anytime now, according to Swami Agnivesh.
Supporters of Anna Hazare wait outside a gate of Tihar Jail in New Delhi on Wednesday. The 74-year-old social activist was about to come out of the prison anytime now, according to Swami Agnivesh.

The standoff in Tihar Jail is likely to be over with social activist Anna Hazare set to come out of the prison after a night-long protest demanding that he be allowed to launch his indefinite strike from a venue of his choice in the capital.

Mr. Hazare, who was ordered to be released on Tuesday night after a day-long detention before he was to begin his fast demanding strong Lokpal, had refused to come out of the prison unless he was allowed to protest from JP Park without conditions.

Activists Kiran Bedi and Swami Agnivesh announced to the hundreds of supporters waiting since last night that the 74-year-old Gandhian was about to come out of the prison anytime now.

“The government has bowed down. We will have to be prepared to go to JP Park in a peaceful manner,” Swami Agnivesh said.

Solidarity with Anna

Activists Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Medha Patkar on Wednesday joined hundreds of protestors expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare outside Tihar Jail while a large number of the Gandhian’s supporters took out marches across the city.

Mr. Hazare’s supporters in huge numbers also gathered outside Chhatrasal Stadium, which was converted into a special detention area, Wednesday morning and shouted anti-corruption slogans demanding that the Gandhian be allowed to protest at J.P. Park in New Delhi.

Ms. Bedi, who was detained on Tuesday and released later, and Mr. Agnivesh arrived outside Tihar Jail at around 11:30 a.m. where a swarm of protestors had gathered since Tuesday night to express solidarity with Mr. Hazare.

Ms. Patkar, who reached the protest spot early in the day, was granted permission to meet Mr. Hazare after being initially refused to enter the premises.

Ms. Patkar approached jail authorities seeking permission to meet Mr. Hazare, who was lodged in the administrative block after he refused to be released, but was initially denied. However, later the authorities changed their stand and allowed her.


They thought they have arrested him but the overwhelming support against that unethical arrest has arrested the UPA Government.

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