Anna leaves Tihar, says fight for freedom has started
Thousands of supporters cheered social activist Anna Hazare as he came out of Tihar jail after staying there for three days. He then addressed a gathering of supporters saying 'the fight for freedom has started and we won't let the spirit die.' Hazare also asked the people to join the protests at the Ramlila Maidan.Updated: Aug 19, 2011 14:05 IST
Thousands of supporters cheered social activist Anna Hazare as he came out of Tihar jail after staying there for three days. After coming out of the jail he addressed a gathering of his supporters.
Addressing his supporters Hazare said that the fight for freedom has started and we won't let the spirit die. "The fight for freedom has started from today. We should not let this spirit die down," he said.
He also said that we want corruption to be completely removed from India and urged the people to join him at Ramlila Maidan.
Anna also urged the people to protest in a peaceful manner.Anna Hazare will move in a rally to Mayapuri Chowk. From there he will head to Rajghat and after that to India Gate before reaching Ramlila Maidan.
People arrived at Tihar in large numbers since early morning to participate in Hazare's proposed yatra to Ramlila Ground, which will be the site of his ongoing indefinite fast for a strong lokpal.
Supporters expressed happiness over the 73-year-old Gandhian's decision to come out from the prison complex following rounds of negotiations with the police and authorities to decide on agitation venue to undertake hunger strike.
"I have come here late last night to participate in this mass movement. It is our victory and we will remove corruption from the country with Annaji's help," said Ashok Marwah, a Dwarka resident who was among thousands others anxiously waiting for the Hazare's release.
SP Singh, a businessman who was offering refreshment to people protesting outside the prison, said: "I am happy that Anna will come out from Tihar today. Government must pass jan lokpal bill and accept all demands of Anna unconditionally."
"We will go with Anna and sit at Ramlila Maidan for as many days we can. We want jan lokpal bill to kill this corruption," Manjula, a teacher by profession, said.
It was a festive atmosphere as people organized yagnas and sang songs for Hazare's well being and to extend support to the movement led by the anti-graft crusader.
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First Published: Aug 19, 2011 09:27 IST