August 17th, 2011
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Anna to walk out of prison soon

AnnaNew Delhi: Activists Kiran Bedi and Swami Agnivesh announced to the supporters that the 73-year-old Gandhian was about to come out of the prison anytime now, ending the standoff in Tihar jail. Hazare, who was ordered to be released on Tuesday night after a day-long detention before he was to begin his fast demanding strong Lokpal, had refused to come out of the prison unless he was allowed to protest from JP Park without conditions.

“The government has bowed down. We will have to be prepared to go to JP Park in a peaceful manner,” Agnivesh said.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan told reporters outside that “we have no information or confirmation yet whether the government has conceded to the demands of Hazare that he will be allowed to sit on fast in JP Park without any conditions on the number of days”.Over the last few days, Team Hazare had refused to give a written undertaking that he will end his protest within three days and restrict the number of protesters to 5,000.

Hazare was arrested at Mayur Vihar on Tuesday morning hours before he was to launch his protest fast at JP Park after Delhi Police failed to persuade him to give it up but in a sudden turn of events government decided to release him after protests erupted across the country against the government action.

Addressing the crowd outside Tihar jail, Bhushan, one of the close associates of Hazare, said “today’s protest represents the significance of people’s struggle not just against corruption but a shot in the arm for democracy”.

 



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