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Ramdev eviction: Anna Hazare begins fast at Rajghat

June 8, 2011 - New Delhi

Shouting slogans like 'Vande Mataram' and 'Inquilab Zindabad', Gandhian Anna Hazare and his supporters began a day-long fast at Rajghat to protest the police brutality on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers at the Ramlila Maidan ground on Saturday night.

Thousands of Anna supporters have gathered at the Rajghat to sit on fast with him. A number of youths wearing Gandhi caps and elderly people were seen at the spot waving the tricolour.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that the day-long protest passes off peacefully.

Anna and his supporters, who have launched the India Against Corruption campaign,nitially wanted to protest at Jantar Mantar, but Delhi police denied them permission for this citing law and order concerns.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been in place at Jantar Mantar after Saturday's incident at Baba Ramdev's camp at the Ramlila grounds.

RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Hazare's campaign against corruption, said: "We want to have a peaceful day of prayer and fasting. The whole day, we will be prayers and in the evening there will be a consultation with the people present at the fast on the Lokpal Bill."

"It's a people's movement where you give out a call and people show up. Everyone's angry about corruption and everyone is angry about the kind of atrocities that the government committed on Saturday night. It was almost an attack on democracy," he said

"This fast is not a challenge to anyone. It's a challenge to the system, injustice and corruption. It's an assertion of our fundamental right. Article 19, 1B gives me the fundamental right to assemble peacefully and protest. The Government says we will not allow you to do that. So this is an assertion of our fundamental rights and we will do it. We are ready to face the consequences," he added.


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