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August 16, 2011

Anna Hazare arrested ahead of his Fast

Anna Hazare courted arrest after being detained by Delhi Police at his residence in Mayur Vihar ahead of his indefinite fast. Calling for a struggle to fight corruption and change the existing system, social activist Anna Hazare said he will court arrest today if the police does not allow him to reach the venue of his fast. He also appealed to people to go to jail in support of the anti-corruption struggle. 

The Delhi Police detained veteran social activist Anna Hazare ahead of his indefinite fast over the proposed Lokpal Bill. The government went into panic mode yesterday, accusing the Gandhian activist of fudging his trust records and clamping ban orders on the venue of the fast. Arvind Kejriwal, another leader of the movement, has urged citizens to switch off lights in their homes for an hour from 8 pm today.
Anna detained; what next?

"We will go to JP Park tomorrow (Tuesday) for our fast. I have learnt that Section 144 (prohibiting gathering of five or more people) has been imposed. If they (police) refuse to allow us to proceed, we will sit there only. We are ready to go to jail. I appeal to people all over the country that when we go to jail, people in villages should also go to jail," Hazare told mediapersons here.

He said that when the government releases them from jail they will again go on a fast. Hazare said going to jail was not a slur and should not be considered bad.

"There should be a jail bharo (fill the jail) movement in villages," he said.

He urged people to stay non-violent, saying that if they resort to violence the government has the power to crush the agitation.

Hazare had declared that he would go on fast Aug 16 for a strong Lokpal bill.

11.00 am: Team Anna to move Supreme Court against detentions   
Terming the detention of veteran social activist Anna Hazare as totally undemocratic, senior lawyer and member of the committee constituted for the Lokpal Bill, Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday said they will approach the Supreme Court.

"The action showed that the government has no regard for fundamental rights of the citizens. We will move the Supreme Court," said Bhushan. "Time has come to rise up against this government. We appeal to people to protest against the government peacefully," he added.

10.30 am: Demonstrations in Lucknow against Hazare's detention  
People across various age groups and different walks of life held demonstrations in this Uttar Pradesh capital to protest the detention of Gandhian activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

10.00 am: Activists fast in Himachal to support Anna 
Several activists began an indefinite hunger strike in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi town to press for a strong anti-corruption Lokpal bill and express solidarity with civil society leader Anna Hazare, who was detained early morning in the national capital.

9.30 am: Manmohan Singh convenes CCPA meet over Hazare's detention
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday convened an emergency meeting of Cabinet Committee of Political Affairs (CCPA) to discuss the strategy after crackdown on Team Anna. As per reports, Home Minister P Chidambaram is meeting the Prime Minister ahead of the CCPA meet.

9.00 am: BJP condemns Hazare's arrest  
Condemning the arrest of Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said the government would learn its lesson 'the hard way'.

'It is regrettable and condemnable. This government is bent upon crushing anyone who wants to protest against corruption,' BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

8.00 am: Delhi Police arrest Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Kejriwal

On Tuesday morning, over a dozen plain-clothed policemen landed at lawyer Prashant Bhushan's house in Mayur Vihar, where Hazare was staying, and detained the Gandhian activist minutes before he was to set out for Rajghat, from where he had planned to head to the Jai Prakash Narain (JP) Park to begin his fast

courtesy: Yahoo 

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