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Hazare should not have been arrested: Sandeep Dikshit


August 20, 2011 - New Delhi

Contradicting the Congress Party"s viewpoint, one of its members and a lawmaker- Sandeep Dikshit - said on Friday that the police crackdown on anti graft crusader Anna Hazare was not needed.

Hazare, 74, spent three-and-a-half days in Delhi"s Tihar Jail, and was only released after the public put pressure on the government by launching huge protests across the country over the decision.

Dikshit said negotiating with Hazare before his arrest could have solved the matter and avoided embarrassment for the government.

He said he was happy that the government had realized the importance of the matter and had released the veteran activist.

"The step taken by Delhi Police to arrest him (Anna Hazare) was completely wrong. It was not correct to arrest him. Further, it does not matter where you send him after the arrest. People do ask that why he was not sent to guesthouse rather than Tihar jail but my point is why he was arrested in the first place. If they had to give permission after three days, then they could have negotiated at that time of arrest as well. If they thought that Anna"s presence there (Jai Prakash Narain Park) was not right then they could have met and talked to him and his aides at the place where he was staying. All those things, whose circumstances are different than normal conditions, should be dealt with new conditions. But I would welcome the fact that government realised its mistake and released him," he said.

Hazare"s arrest, followed by the brief detention of about 2,600 followers in the capital, shocked many in the country with strong memories of Gandhi"s independence battles against British colonial rule with fasts and non-violent protests.

ANI

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