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Updated: August 3, 2011 02:39 IST

Delhi police says no to Hazare for Jantar Mantar

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Social activist Anna Hazare. A file photo
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Social activist Anna Hazare. A file photo

Team Anna has been denied permission by the Delhi Police to hold its proposed indefinite dharna at Jantar Mantar here beginning August 16.

In a letter to India Against Corruption, the organisation corresponding on behalf of social activist Anna Hazare, the police on Tuesday said one group could not be allowed to usurp indefinitely the space earmarked for all citizens to exercise their democratic rights.

Team Anna had in a letter dated July 29 sought permission for the dharna.

In his reply, Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) K.C. Dwivedi said: “We do not know how many people would join the dharna and in such a scenario we would not be in a position to chalk out a contingency plan.”

Later the Team Anna wrote to the Police Commissioner suggesting five other places — Boat Club, Rajghat, Ramlila Grounds, Shahidi Park near ITO and a stretch near Ashok Road — for holding the dharna.

“We have received the letter and are weighing the pros and cons before arriving at a decision,” said a police officer.

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I request Team Anna that if the Government does not come out clean on the Lokpal Bill and if continues to play the fool on the nation, India Against Corruption should call for a full Civil Disobdience Movement, which includes no more elections to Parliament, non-payment of taxes, a total bandh which can cripple the country, its time we bought the politicians, judges, civil servants and police to their knees.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Aug 3, 2011 at 10:38 IST

In a democratic set people has right to protest the government if it does not work as per their expectation. Freedom of speech and expression, freedom of association for peaceful purpose, right of life and liberty should not be restricted without justification. Anna must be allowed to voice the concern and suffering of common people.

from:  S S Prasad
Posted on: Aug 3, 2011 at 09:00 IST

This decision of the Police is very unfortunate, as it hurt's the Nation's sentiments, and that too at the cost of the few (maintaining of whom, and i mean the politico brass, has become tedious, and exhorbitantly expensive). This decision comes from a legacy, also dating back to the current Government, albeit in a different form; that of Indira Gandhi. In 1973, when all the papers for a strategic overhaul of (which included modernization) the Indian Police Force were in her office, and she once again baulked, as she did in numerous other occassions. This was widely understood within the concerned community that because she and her family are well guarded, so are the others. The truth as usual (with this family) rarely comes out. So our Police Force has come to become a guardian of these few, eg. the politicians, and at the entire cost of the Country's welfare. If this is not tragic, then what is. Ultimately aren't we paying for that as well. This decision is that very legacy. Very Sad.

from:  Sunit Jang Bahadur
Posted on: Aug 3, 2011 at 08:13 IST

Police's response is not only undemocratic, also it's intentionaly delaying the permission for any place so followers are unable to know until last moment where they can gather in support of strong Lokpal. By creating this uncertainty Congress leaders think they will be able to reduce number of people who are planning to gather in support of strong Lokpal with Anna Hazare. With every negative move, Congress is loosing its ground as more and more people consider them to be most corrupt and anti-national.

from:  harshi
Posted on: Aug 3, 2011 at 07:23 IST

Why is there a need to challenge the democratically elected govt. in the world's largest democracy? I think that the need of the hour for 121 crore people of India is to give a second thought and to undergo transition to change India completely.

from:  Saurabh shubham
Posted on: Aug 3, 2011 at 06:57 IST
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