Anna seeks PM’s intervention on police curbs (Lead)

August 13th, 2011 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Social activist Anna Hazare Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining that the Delhi Police order restricting his fast to three days was a violation of his fundamental rights.

Hazare, in a two-page letter, said that despite the restriction, he will go ahead with the fast, and if arrested he will continue it in jail.

Delhi Police in their order Friday asked Team Anna to give an undertaking that it will end its protest fast at a park in central Delhi in three days.

According to Hazare, the Indian constitution allows every citizen to hold peaceful protest and stopping them is violation of their fundamental rights.

“I am writing to you with a hope that you will protect our fundamental right. It is your duty to protect the democracy and constitution and I am hopeful that you will take some action regarding this,” he said.

Hazare’s letter said that freedom fighters fought for these very rights and it was ironical that ahead of the Independence Day, these rights were being violated.

Besides, Delhi Police have put 22 restrictions — limiting the gathering to 4,000-5,000 people, not making proactive speeches and limited use of loudspeakers, among others.

“First, we were told that we cannot protest at Jantar Mantar as this will not leave any space for other protesters and we agreed to it. Then we suggested four new places and Delhi Police rejected them without any reasons.”

“Then, we were told to hold protest at J.P. Park and we agreed. Now we are being told that we can protest only for three days. This is unconstitutional and undemocratic,” he added.

Hazare will sit on indefinite hunger strike from Aug 16 against the government Lokpal bill.

Lokpal bill drafting committee member Prashant Bhushan called the Delhi Police order “unconstitutional”.

“They are saying you first give an undertaking that you will move out in three days, then we will give you permission. Requiring such an undertaking is absurd and totally unconstitutional. Therefore, there is no question of giving any such undertaking,” Bhushan said.

However, Delhi Police said that no fast will be allowed without giving an undertaking accepting all restrictions.

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