Delhi police seeks 2 days' time to decide venue of Anna's fast

Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Aug 9: Delhi Police is understood to have sought two more days to take a decision on giving permission to Anna Hazare to organise his indefinite fast against Lokpal Bill here even as his team has secured a no-objection certificate from MCD to hold the protest at Ramlila Maidan.

The Hazare team -- Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia -- met City Police Commissioner N K Gupta here to discuss the pros and cons of the five venues suggested by the Gandhian to hold his fast from August 16.

Delhi Police had already made it clear that Jantar Mantar is out of bounds for Hazare's fast for a "strong" Lokpal Bill later this month, saying the venue has "little capacity" and no single organisation can be allowed to "usurp or lay exclusive claim" to it.

"We met the Delhi Police Commissioner. He has asked for two more days to decide on the issue of permission for indefinite fast from August 16," Bedi told PTI. The meeting was also attended by Special Commissioner (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar and other senior officials.

She said they had suggested four venues Boat Club, Rajghat, Ramlila Maidan and Shaheed Park near ITO other than Jantar Mantar and discussed the pros and cons of holding the fast there.

"If it is a professional decision by police then it is okay. But if it is going to be a political decision then there will be a problem," she said.

The Hazare team has already got its NOC from MCD which is land owning agency of Ramlila Maidan. However, to hold a protest there, one needs the permission of police.

"The Commissioner has also assured that if any other alternative venue is proposed by the Police, the space would be well connected and within 3 km radius of Jantar Mantar," a statement from the Hazare team said.


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