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Detention is beginning of India's second freedom struggle: Hazare

New Delhi, Tue, 16 Aug 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who was detained by Delhi Police on Tuesday, described it as the beginning of India's second freedom struggle.


"My dear countrymen, the second freedom struggle has begun and now I have also been arrested. But will this movement be stopped by my arrest? No, not at all. Don't let it happen," Hazare said soon after being detained by the police.


"Time has come my countrymen when there should be no place left in jails in India to accommodate any more persons," he said.


"I once again request my fellow countrymen that peace should be maintained and there must be no violence...Crores of people have joined this movement and a second line of leaders are standing to lead this movement," he added.


The 74-year-old Gandhian was taken into custody from a residential area in Delhi before he was to proceed to the venue of his fast in Jai Prakash Narain Park where prohibitory orders are in place.


Three other prominent activists Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Shanti Bhushan were also taken into preventive custody.


According to sources, senior police officials, including DCP (Crime) Ashok Chand, met Hazare this morning at an east Delhi apartment where he was staying in a bid to convince him to not go ahead with his planned protest.


However, Hazare turned down the request following which he was detained, Times Now reports.


Around 500 supporters were with Anna at the time of his detention.


Around 500 police personnel have been deployed from early morning itself after the city police imposed Section 144 around the park, police sources said.


Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed in some areas of Daryaganj and IP police stations, which include Jai Prakash Narain Park and Shaheed Park. (ANI)


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