Forty-odd people on indefinite fast along Hazare
There are no special arrangements for them as it was made very clear that only Anna Hazare will be on fast this time.delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2011 23:50 IST
There are no special arrangements for them as it was made very clear that only Anna Hazare will be on fast this time.
But as Saturday, the second day at Ramlila Maidan, progressed, scores of supporters were joining their hero in his indefinite fast at ground zero. In a separate pandal erected little away from the main podium, about 40-odd supporters had occupied space to start or resume their indefinite fast.
As pointed out by HT on Friday, Hazare, the 73-year-old anti-corruption crusader was to be the only one on indefinite fast, unlike in the April episode of mass fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar. Organisers India Against Corruption (IAC) had not even erected any pandals for them.
However, on Saturday, as facilities were extended, several supporters scattered around the ground earlier occupied an enclosure near the medical unit.
Pandit Vijay Kumar Pulastya (39), a teacher from Gohana (Haryana), claimed he was in the first lot of people who courted arrest at Jai Prakash Narayan Park on August 16. "I have been fasting since the time we were taken to the Chhatrasal stadium."
Dr Amul Chand, a 58-year-old Delhiite, said he has been fighting with the Delhi police after his citizenship records - he was displaced from East Pakistan in 1971 - were burnt.
"The Lokpal will bring in accountability and also instil fear in the various layers of government, starting with the Prime Minister," said Chand, who had also fasted as part of the April agitation at Jantar Mantar.
However, not all people sitting inside the pandal were fasting. A volunteer at the pandal said, "We have not been able to keep track of these anshankaaris till now as everybody is resting here. Only when the crowds thin down at night would we be able to find out who all are fasting."