The Delhi police on Wednesday told veteran social activist Anna Hazare that he can go ahead with his scheduled August 16 rally at Jai Prakash Narayan national park near ITO on Vikas Marg here.
Delhi police commissioner B.K. Gupta met Union home minister P. Chidambaran on Wednesday and informed him about the permission given to Anna for holding his proposed fast. Mr Gupta also briefed the home minister about the action taken against the BJP protesters outside Parliament on Tuesday.
Hectic deliberations were made at Delhi police’s headquarters over the last two days involving the top brass of the force to discuss the pros and cons of allowing Team Anna to carry out their August 16 protest demonstration. Anna Hazare has announced that he would sit on a fast to protest against the government’s Lokpal Bill.
“We have told the social activist that he can go ahead with the scheduled demonstration at Jai Prakash Narayan national park. But he has to obtain clearance from Central Public Works Department first which owns the land before organising the march. The places which Anna Hazare had suggested are being looked into,” Delhi police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.
Anna Hazare had submitted a list of five places, including Jantar Mantar, Shaheed Park near ITO and Ramlila Grounds to the Delhi police and sought permission from them to let him hold the protest demonstration at any one of the venues. Asian Age