On day eight of the movement for a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill, the number of participants on indefinite fast at Azad Maidan reduced to 20 volunteers, from 60.
Around 40 volunteers broke the fast on Tuesday morning, while a couple of them broke their fast on Monday after their health deteriorated.
Organisers, India Against Corruption (IAC), Mumbai, said they had requested their key volunteers to stop fasting as the pace of the agitation is growing fast and more volunteers are required help in organising the movement.
“We gave complete rest to people on fast. As a result, some of our key volunteers who were fasting were not able to contribute in organising the movement. As it is spreading fast, we want more people to work at the ground level so we requested them to give up their fast,” said Mannan Gandhi, IAC volunteer.
Naresh Thakoor, a volunteer who was fasting, said: “Anyway, the government is insensitive to its people. It doesn’t affect them how many people are on indefinite hunger strike. So we have decided we will contribute in spreading awareness about the bill.”
Some participants are determined to continue with the indefinite fast.
“We have come here with the resolve of fasting indefinitely. We hope the government senses the sentiment of the people and passes the Jan Lokpal Bill,” said Dr Ratna Magotra, 64, a cardiac surgeon.