Team Anna refuses medical aid
Dismissing Delhi police's suggestion to hospitalise Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, Team Anna on Wednesday said the government wanted to sabotage the agitation by forcibly sending them to hospital.delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2012 03:37 IST
Dismissing Delhi police's suggestion to hospitalise Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, Team Anna on Wednesday said the government wanted to sabotage the agitation by forcibly sending them to hospital.
The team's own doctors claimed that though the trio has lost weight and were feeling weak, their vital parameters were almost normal. Their indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar entered eighth day on Wednesday.
Team Anna also announced a 'gherao' of elected representatives across the country from Thursday.
Following the advice of doctors from RML hospital, Delhi police on Wednesday issued a 'request letter', advising hospitalisation of Kejriwal, Sisodia and Rai "as they need immediate medical intervention".
"You are advised to follow the doctor's recommendation failing which you would be squarely responsible for any untoward incident," the letter said.
"Their continued fasting, resistance to accepting medical intervention and announcing from dais that there would be dire consequences following their forcible removal is not as per the terms and conditions that were mutually agreed upon and may lead to adverse law and order situations," a police officer said.
Anna Hazare, who is on fast since Sunday, said there would be no talks with the government if attempts were made to take his colleagues to hospital forcibly.
The trio said police could forcibly take them to hospital but not break their fast. "We will follow only those directions of police that are lawful and not those that are unlawful. I want to tell the government that we are not committing suicide here but sitting for the ultimate sacrifice," Kejriwal said.
"There are hundreds of farmers and labourers committing suicide as they go hungry. I request the government to put them into hospital first and then we too would be ready," he added.
Sisodia alleged the government was playing games using Delhi police while Rai warned that the people will not wait till the next general elections to throw out the government if it resorted to “goondaism”.
They also asked people to beat 'spoon and plate' daily between 7 pm and 7.15 pm to wake up the deaf government. Later in the evening, 15-20 supporters protested near the Prime Minister's and Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's residences.