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They chose to court arrest: cops

delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2011 00:24 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand
Hindustan Times
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It started with five police officers reaching Anna Hazare’s temporary abode at Supreme Enclave in Mayur Vihar Phase I early on Tuesday morning. When they apprised the 73-year-old activist that he would be arrested if he stepped out of the building, he did not pay heed.

Minutes later, Hazare and his key aide Manish Sisodia were whisked away to the Gazetted Officer’s (GO) mess of the Delhi Police in their Innova car as hundreds of policemen scrambled to clear the route.

“Since the number of his supporters outside the GO’s mess was increasing and was likely to threaten the law and order situation, we transported him to the office of DCP West and produced him before the special executive magistrate three hours later,” said a senior police officer.

Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta said, “We gave them (Team Anna) several options as far as venues were concerned and made many concessions on the duration of the gathering, but they refused to sign the undertaking and chose to court arrest.”

The magistrate gave Hazare a choice: he could either sign a bond, undertake not to court arrest again and be released immediately or be remanded in seven days’ judicial custody. Hazare chose the latter. The next stop was Tihar Jail in adjacent Hari Nagar. Hazare was ushered inside the facility’s premises from gate number 2, allotted the new admission block in Central Jail number 4 and lodged with Sisodia, Suresh Pathare and Radhey Shyam Prajapati at 3:40 pm.

Around 8pm, even as they began the process of freeing the 1,500 people detained during the day, the Delhi Police wrote to Tihar if Hazare and his aides could be released.