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Supporters hold traffic to ransom

Social activist Anna Hazare’s supporters have been turning up in large numbers at Medanta Medicity, disrupting the entry of emergency vehicles to the hospital and blocking traffic outside.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2011 00:01 IST
Divya Sethi

Social activist Anna Hazare’s supporters have been turning up in large numbers at Medanta Medicity, disrupting the entry of emergency vehicles to the hospital and blocking traffic outside.

Tight security arrangements have been put in place after Hazare was admitted here on Sunday. But the hospital authorities are facing a tough time
managing the huge crowds, which have gathered outside the hospital premises just to catch a glimpse of the 74-year-old Gandhian.

“We are asking the new patients the doctor they want to meet, before allowing them to get in. Moreover, all the attendants of in-house patients are having an attendant card and they are not allowed to enter the hospital without it,” said a security guard.

The security personnel, too, have been provided with the details of mediapersons to restrict the entry of unwanted visitors.

“We are getting support from all. But I cannot disclose my strategy,” said Major (retd) Ravinder Pathania, head of the hospital security.

Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta, said, “Even Anna does not want to meet anybody. He is very weak and is recovering. So, nobody from Team Anna is allowed.”

Dr Trehan also urged Anna supporters and local residents not to disrupt traffic or movement of emergency vehicles or patients.