Students, teachers, NGOs join anti-graft crusade

August 16th, 2011 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) Angry protests over the arrest of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his team members continued unabated Tuesday with institutions and organizations joining in different parts of Mumbai.

At the Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal (MSM), 32 senior Gandhians and followers of Jaya Prakash Narain and Vinoba Bhave went on a day’s hunger strike to express their anger over Hazare and his team’s arrest in New Delhi in the morning.

MSM trustees T.R.K. Somayya and Jayant Diwan said the people of the country are now taking to the streets demanding an end to corruption.

“The people are not against the government or the lawmakers, this is a misleading impression created by the authorities. The people are demanding stronger laws to tackle corruption and the government should heed them as it will make the nation stronger,” the duo said in a joint statement.

Over 5,000 teachers from government-aided schools all over Maharashtra also went on a day’s token strike to support Hazare’s cause and protest his arrest by the New Delhi Police.

“Shikshak Bharati had appealed to all teachers to voluntarily take part in the crusade against corruption, but without disturbing their regular school teaching routine. More than 5000 across the state responded,” Shikshak Bharati chief Kapil Patil told IANS.

Now, Patil has appealed to students of aided schools to prepare banners, posters, cards, placards and other token of solidarity with Hazare.

The protests will continue Wednesday also in the form of a five km long human chain to be formed by students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, in which a large number of commoners will also take part.

The human chain will start from the IIT-B’s main gates and extended to different corners of its campus at Powai, north-east Mumbai in the evening for a couple of hours, before terminating as a public meeting, a student spokesperson told IANS.

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