Delhi Police arrested social activist Anna Hazare and his main supporters, including Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday even before they could start their proposed fast to press for a lokpal bill drafted by them.
The arrests triggered a wave of protest across the country and in little more than 12 hours police wanted Hazare and his aides released. But Hazare, at the time of going to press, refused to come out of jail.
The dramatic sequence of events began around 7.30am when police arrested Hazare, Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and others from Supreme Enclave housing society in Mayur Vihar I in east Delhi.
Hazare and his team were preparing to move towards Rajghat to reach Jai Prakash Narayan Park in central Delhi to court arrest.
Amid protests by Hazare's supporters, police could take him away only by 7.45am.
Soon, Kiran Bedi and Shanti Bhushan, two other members of the Hazare camp, courted arrest at Rajghat.
Hundreds of Hazare's supporters turned up at Rajghat and also at the entrance of the Jai Prakash Narayan Park and courted arrest through the day.
Hazare was produced before the special executive magistrate.
"Hazare was requested to give a personal bond and undertaking that he would neither violate prohibitory orders promulgated by Delhi police nor would he call upon his followers to do so and would obey reasonable directions of the police. Since he refused to do so, he was sent to judicial custody at Tihar jail for seven days," said Delhi police commissioner BK Gupta.
Amid loud cheering by supporters, Hazare reached Tihar jail around 3.40pm.
During the day, thousands of Hazare supporters hit the streets across Delhi to protest his arrest.
Colleges and universities saw thin attendance as students joined protesters in large numbers at Chhatrasal Stadium in north Delhi and at Pragati Maidan metro station in central Delhi.
Doctors, lawyers and even government employees supported the movement.
In the evening, candlelight marches supporting Hazare were held in several localities and a protest rally was held at India Gate.