Hazare arrested for defying police orders: Chidambaram

August 16th, 2011 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Gandhian Anna Hazare was arrested Tuesday for refusing to abide by conditions imposed by police regarding his proposed hunger strike, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Tuesday.

He told reporters that when Delhi Police imposed certain conditions, Team Anna refused to embrace them.

“If someone says we will defy the orders, I think this is unacceptable in a democracy,” he said. “It is a real regret that police have taken this action.”

“This government is not against democratic or peaceful protests,” he said. “Democratic or peaceful protests are a part of the right of a free citizen.

“We acknowledge that right but that right is subject to conditions laid down by authorities charged with the duty to maintain law and order.”

Chidambaram added that he was ready to make a statement in parliament on the Hazare situation. “But they (opposition) did not want the statement.”

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