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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Heavy security at Rajghat for Hazare fast

Around 500 policemen were deployed in and around Rajghat in the capital on Wednesday (08-June-2011) as thousands of people joined veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare in his day-long fast against police action on yoga guru Baba Ramdev, police said.

"We have deployed around 500 police personnel and four body scanners have been installed. Match boxes, cigarettes are not allowed inside the premises of the fast area," Joint Commissioner of Police, Security (Law and Order), Subir Yadav told IANS.

Yadav also said that Delhi Police Commissioner B.K Gupta was reviewing the arrangements on site.

With thousands shouting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", singing a tuneful "Lokpal, Lokpal" and devotional songs and holding placards, Hazare got on to a raised platform and started his hunger strike at 10 a.m., his second in two months.

Former top cop and activist Kiran Bedi said: "We need a stronger law against corruption which can be trusted. The system should be approachable. We will consider ourselves free only when India is free from corruption."

Anna Hazare, the 72-year-old activist began his token fast at Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, at 10 a.m. It will go on till 6 p.m.

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