32 people fasting in Chennai for Hazare

August 18th, 2011 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) A total of 32 people, including one woman, are on fast in this tamil Nadu capital in support of activist Anna Hazare’s demand for a strong anti-corruption bill, said India Against Corruption (IAC) which backs Hazare here Thursday.

These people have been fasting since Tuesday and the protest here has continued for the third day Thursday, media coordinator of IAC Bhavana Upadhyaya told IANS.

“Thirtytwo people are on fast since Tuesday with the youngest person being Arvind Bharathi, 18, and the oldest is the 81-year-old Appa Indravel,” she said.

There is a woman, S.Sujatha among them, Upadhyaya said.

Health of all those who are fasting was good, she added.

People from the neighbourhood started visiting the fasting venue - a construction site - in the upmarket Adyar area here.

IAC was not registering anybody for participating in relay fast Thursday and the decision will be reviewed based on the events in New Delhi, Upadhyaya said.

“On Wednesday more than 5,000 people visited the protest venue,” Upadhyaya added.

Hazare had planned to begin his fast for a stronger Lokpal bill in New Delhi Tuesday. However, Delhi Police imposed certain conditions before allowing the protest. Hazare refused to sign the undertaking, following which the police detained him and his other team members Tuesday.

He was arrested and subsequently released but refused to leave the jail. But now he will begin his 15-day-long fast at Ramlila ground in Delhi as his conditions have been met.

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