Anna all set for Round-3 of UPA-slamming on Lokpal

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Mumbai, Dec 27: The battle lines are drawn for round-3 of Anna Hazare's fight against the government for a strong Lokpal Bill. With his ammunition in top shape, Anna has the support of the public that is giving the UPA-led Centre some serious jitters. Anna will kickstart his three-day fast on Dec 27 at Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) ground at 11am.

With some concerns regarding his health, considering that he was suffering from viral fever since the last few days, his personal doctors had given him the go ahead to carry out the fast.

The agenda today (Dec 27) will see him offering floral tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi statue near the Juhu beach that has now become more or less customary. He will then be escorted to the fast venue at the Bandra-Kurla complex with a motorbike rally.

The fast venue have been sanitized with heavy security being put in place ahead of the fast. Besides massive troop deployment, there are bomb detection, disposal squads and units of Quick Response Team put into place. The MMRDA grounds itself will have six emergency exits, 16 fire extinguishers and six metal detector units, besides round-the-clock ambulance services.

The Maharashtra government is also leaving no stone unturned to provide a blanket of security to Anna Hazare and team. The security cover will be provided by around 2000 constables, 200 sub-inspectors of police, six platoons of state reserve police force, three teams of Quick Response Team and two Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads.

Meanwhile, a high level meeting of the Maharashtra Home Department to review the law and order situation was held. The meet was chaired by state Additional Chief Secretary (Home) UC Sarangi and was attended by DGP K Subramanium and Mumbai police chief Arup Patnaik.

Sarangi commented in the aftermath of the meeting, "All speeches by speakers during Hazare's fast will be monitored."

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