The Delhi Police have asked Team Anna to cut down the duration of its proposed anti-corruption fast at Jantar Mantar from July 25.
Team Anna had sought permission to sit on fast for 15 days — from July 25 to August 8. According to sources, the police said it cannot give permission for more than a day if they want to protest at Jantar Mantar.
The police said if Anna’s team wanted to sit on an indefinite fast, they must select some other venue.
“We submitted an application with Delhi Police to grant us a no-objection certificate for a 15-day protest at Jantar Mantar. Till now, we haven’t got any reply,” Neeraj Kumar, a member of India Against Corruption (IAC) said.
Sources said Anna Hazare will not sit on fast due to his health condition.
“He has not been keeping well so we have asked him not to sit on fast. Anna ji will be present to boost the morale of team members. Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodhia and Gopal Rai will sit on fast,” he added.
A senior police officer said there are set guidelines for protesters and IAC must follow them.
Talks are on between the police and organisers on the number of protesters.
“Jantar Mantar can handle only 5,000 people at one point of time. If IAC wants to hold the protest at Jantar Mantar, they have to leave the area by at least 6 pm,” a senior police officer said.
The police normally take a written undertaking from organisers on the number of protesters, timing, use of loud speakers and security arrangements.