Protests continued here on Wednesday as supporters of Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement thronged the Azad Maidan in South Mumbai on the second day, protesting the ‘undemocratic’ manner in which the 74-year-old Gandhian was taken into custody by Delhi police.
Besides the activists of the NGO ‘India Against Corruption’ (IAC), youth and mill workers also joined the protests.
People started trickling in since Wednesday morning at the sprawling ground, from where several protesters had been evicted on Tuesday night by police.
Ad-man Bharat Dabholkar and chairman of All India Imaam Parishad Maulana Mufti were among those who addressed the protesters.
At suburban Powai, a group of former Army personnel gathered to express solidarity with Mr. Hazare, an ex-Army man.
The mill workers’ union also joined the protest.
Members of Left trade unions too were protesting at the Azad Maidan, city CPI leader Prakash Reddy said.
Singer Kailash Kher would be performing at the Maidan on Thursday, an IAC spokesperson said.
The mood at Azad Maidan was of patriotic fervour, as hundreds of protesters were chanting slogans and singing patriotic songs.
Some railway employees also joined in the protest.
Motormen gathered in front of the divisional railway manager’s office at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to express support to Mr. Hazare’s agitation; but train services were not disrupted, they said.
“Fighting against corruption is everyone’s right and our whole staff is with Hazare,” said Venu Nair, divisional secretary of National Railway Mazdoor Union.