Bedi, Agnivesh join protest outside Tihar
Activists Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Medha Patkar on Wednesday joined hundreds of protestors expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare outside Tihar jail while a large number of the Gandhian's supporters took out marches across the city.delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2011 12:21 IST
Activists Kiran Bedi, Swami Agnivesh and Medha Patkar on Wednesday joined hundreds of protestors expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare outside Tihar jail while a large number of the Gandhian's supporters took out marches across the city.
Hazare's supporters in huge numbers also gathered outside Chhatrasal Stadium, which was converted into a special detention area, this morning and shouted anti-corruption slogans demanding that the Gandhian be allowed to protest at J P Park.
Bedi, who was detained yesterday and released later, and Agnivesh arrived outside Tihar jail at around 11.30 am where swarm of protestors had gathered since Tuesday night expressing solidarity with Hazare.
Patkar, who reached the protest spot early in the day, was granted permission to meet Hazare after being initially refused to be allowed inside the premises.
Patkar approached jail authorities seeking permission to meet Hazare, who was lodged in the administrative block after he refused to be released, but was initially denied. However, later the authorities changed their stand and allowed her.
After the permission was denied, Patkar claimed that jail authorities told her that Hazare was not in their custody and could not allow her to meet him.
"It was a right to meet a man in jail. They told me that he is not in their custody and he is not a jail bird. Nobody could be given permission. This is a conspiracy of the government. They are not tolerating any basic rights," she said addressing the protestors gathered outside Tihar jail.
At Chhatrasal Stadium, scores of people holding tricolour marched on the tracks while others lent support to them from outside.
First Published: Aug 17, 2011 12:19 IST