Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This is second freedom struggle: Anna after detention

New Delhi, Aug 16 : Asking the people to continue the struggle against corruption, Gandhian Anna Hazare today said his arrest must not affect in anyway.

"Do not let the struggle against corruption cease due to my arrest," Anna told countrymen after he was detained here much before he could start his fast.

Calling it the second freedom struggle, Anna urged his supporters to give eight days for the nation. He also appealed to them to lead a peaceful protest.

"Satyagraha is all about penance to our own self, which is being felt by others. Do not harm others. No public or private property should be destroyed," he said.

He added that this has shown yet another face of the corrupt people who are not serious about eradicating the menace.

His message was shown to the nation through various news channels and links on "youtube" portal.

The anti-corruption crusader were detained around 0735 hours from Mayur Vihar. Soon after, his close aides Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia courted arrest from Rajghat area. They all were taken to Special Court in Civil Lines area.

Police said Anna was taken into preventive custody.

Meanwhile, more than 50 of his supporters were displaced from near Rajghat and Jai Prakash Narayan Park, and were taken to Chhattrasal Stadium for further legal proceedings. A similar number of people were held last night also.

Anna along with his supporters and associates had to begin his hunger strike at JPN park beginning 1000 hrs. However, as the police had denied him permission to use the venue, it was likely that the crusader and his brigade would court arrest.

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