In what can be termed as a breach of security, Anna Hazare’s supporters on Saturday were seen trying to climb the gates of the Prime Minister’s residence at 7, Race Course Road.
While the security managed to keep them out, the protesters stationed themselves outside the main gate, shouted slogans and threw black chalk inside the premises.
They also wrote ‘chor’ (thief) on the wall of the property and to corroborate their statement threw in fistful of coins.
The incident happened around 6pm when about 65 Anna supporters, carrying the national flag and posters of ‘corrupt’ UPA leaders, left the peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar and reached the PM's office.
They started shouting ‘Vande Mataram’ and threw chalk and coins inside the house. The police immediately rushed to the spot but not before the protesters had finished defacing the wall and the road outside the office.
When asked why the property was defaced, a supporter who identified himself as Prabhat Kumar said the move represented public anger at the UPA government.
“The PM is silent on everything. We just hope that the incident forces him to open his mouth,” he said.
According to the police, more than a hundred protesters were detained from outside 7, Race Course Road.
“The number of people detained from outside the prime minister’s residence is around 101 — 93 men and eight women,” said KC Dwivedi, additional CP (New Delhi). Even at the police station, the protesters kept sloganeering against the UPA government.
Some of the supporters who escaped police detention said the police manhandled them and dragged them on roads before taking them to the police station.
“The police manhandled the women too. There were no policewomen for nearly 45 minutes,” claimed one of the protesters.
Back at Jantar Mantar, Anna’s mass of supporters swelled to nearly 2,000 with the weekend drawing in families who brought their children along.
“It is difficult for us to leave our jobs and come here on weekdays. But we are trying to spare as much time as we can on weekends for the movement,” said Sunil Sharma, who had brought his family to the venue.
(with inputs from Shaswati Das)