Protests at Jantar Mantar: Team Anna Denied Permission, Chidambaram Blamed

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 | by

Team Anna has been refused permission at the Jantar Mantar, for their forthcoming indefinite protest fast to be held on 25 July. The permission was denied by Delhi police stating that the Monsoon Session of Parliament will be conducted at the same time as the fast. However, irate activists refused to acknowledge the reason and are supposed to have held Home Minister P Chidambaram responsible for this denial.

In response to the police denial, Arvind Kejriwal,  Team Anna member tweeted, “Official reason–Parliament in session. Are MPs scared of people of India? How far do they want people to stay away from them?”

“Itis dangerous for democracy if Parliament and MPs start getting scared of people…Real reason is that Chidambaram is behind denial…Anshan (fast)will take place –either at Jantar Mantar or in jail,” he said later.

However, a resolute Team Anna stated that there will be no back tracking on the proposed agitation. The proposed agitation is to be held for 15 days: from 25 July- 8 August.

Earlier, the Delhi Police requested Team Anna to bring down the duration of the fasting period. Also in a letter to the team, the Delhi Police had said that parallel to the proposed agitation at Jantar Mantar, the Monsoon Session of Parliament will be conducted. This will lead to a sizable rush of people at the spot. The spot has a limited capacity, which makes it difficult to accommodate people there.

“This place has a limited capacity to hold people, and keeping in mind equitable distribution of space for everyone, each organisation will be permitted to bring only a very limited number of supporters. A gathering larger than the capacity is vulnerable to stampede and other security-related issues which will come up,”said the Delhi Police in the letter.

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