Anna supporters protest outside PM’s residence (Second Lead)

August 24th, 2011 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Scores of anti-corruption campaigners Wednesday took turns in protesting outside Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s heavily-guarded residence while an all-party meeting was under way in search of a solution to the crisis triggered by Anna Hazare’s anti-graft fast.

Police rounded up the protestors and took over 50 people, including women, in a bus to a nearby police station. All of them were detained and released immediately.

But they kept regrouping and shouting slogans against the government. Many of them were wearing Gandhi caps inscribed with “I am Anna”. Holding placards in favour of the Jan Lokpal Bill (Team Anna’s version of the Lokpal bill), they shouted anti-government slogans.

Protesters hoodwinked police and gathered outside the 7, Race Course Road residence of Manmohan Singh in small batches in an area earmarked for mediapersons.

They were demanding the immediate passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill, proposed by Hazare whose indefinite fast entered the ninth day Wednesday.

“We have detained around 40 people,” a police officer at the Tughlak Road police station told IANS.

The all-party meet began around 3.30 p.m. and ended at around 6 p.m.

The protest affected traffic on Race Course Road for a while.

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