A large number of people took part in the candle-light vigil held to support the cause of Anna Hazare in his demand for a strong Lokpal Bill to fight corruption. The candle-light vigil was among the many demonstrations held in the city on Friday.

“It is time to rededicate ourselves to stop corruption. We should not give or accept bribe. It is a long process, but we have to start somewhere,” said Manjiri Joshi, a housewife, who had come there along with her 11-year-old son Shraddul. “I am here to support Anna Hazare. He is doing social work,” Shraddul said gently. The two were among the many who had lined up for the procession between Bunts Hostel and Woodlands Hotel.

Mamatha Yathiraj, who runs a school, said it was a spontaneous response to the call for organising a candle-light vigil. “We middle-aged people need to support the youth in the fight against corruption,” she said. Though the corruption has come into the system, “slowly we have to fight it out,” she said.

Among those who took part in the candle-light vigil included a group of students from S.D.M College of Business Management. “We want the government to frame laws and act tough against corruption,” said Vignesh Charan Shetty, who wanted to hold demonstrations that drag attention of people to the cause. Mr. Shetty and his classmates had taken out motorcycle rally between Kadri Park and Bunts Hostel on Thursday. On Friday the demonstrations started with the one by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists and a group of students from the St. Aloysius Pre-University College near the college premises around 9 a.m.

The students raised slogans supporting the campaign of Anna Hazare demanding enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The Principal of St. Aloysius PU College John D'Silva said a large number of students had taken part in the demonstration demanding enactment of Lokpal Bill on Wednesday. On Friday the college administration refused to accept the demand of ABVP activists to cancel the classes and allow students for the demonstration.

“We supported the movement against corruption the other day. We cannot cancel classes, we are answerable to parents,” Mr. D'Silva said.

Jewellery association

The Dakshina Kannada District Jewellery Merchants Association also staged a demonstration. The jewellery shop owners and their employees marched from Hampankatta Circle to the State Bank Circle.

The activists of the Bharat Swabhiman Patanjali Yoga Samiti took out a torch light procession between Mangalore City Corporation and the State Bank Circle.

A similar procession was taken out by the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha.

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