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Delhi police deny permission for Anna’s fast

New Delhi: The Delhi police on Friday denied permission to Gandhian activist Anna Hazare to again sit on an indefinite fast at the Jantar Mantar here on August 16, reports ssaid.

While denying the permission, the Delhi police referred to the Supreme Court’s 2009 order to not allow anyone to hold indefinite strike anywhere in Delhi.

The police, in its letter to Hazare, said that as Parliament would be in session, no group could be allowed to capture the entire space at Jantar Mantar, as many groups come out on protests during that period.

The letter further states that if team Anna wished they could hold their strikes on Delhi’s outskirts, or give a definite time limit during which they would be allowed a sit-in protest.

Reacting to the development, Hazare said they were being denying their basic right to protest. He added that they would move the Supreme Court if Section 144 is imposed to scuttle their planned hunger strike.

Charging the government of bringing a fractured Lokpal Bill, Hazare had yesterday said that he would protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on August 16.

“The entire country will protest with me at Jantar Mantar on August 16… This is not Hazare’s protest but the entire country’s. The people need to look at this as a second fight for their freedom and they should all come out on the streets,” Hazare said.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the official draft of the Lokpal Bill and trashed the key proposals moved by Team Anna.

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