Hazare supporters hold protest in Civil Lines area

The protesters, who shouted anti-government slogans and termed the police action as "totally un-constitutional", were detained by police as they did not heed to police's direction to disperse.

Earlier, shouting slogans against the Congress government at the Centre, the protesters sat on a dharna on the road leading to the Police Mess complex where Hazare and Bhushan are being kept.

"This is highly condemnable. This Congress government should go. They are not allowing protest which is our democratic right," said Akash Sharma, a software professional who bunked office and came here to express solidarity with Team Anna.

Some protesters, who refused to get up from the road, were forcibly lifted and taken into custody.

Besides Hazare and Bhushan, two other prominent activists Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi were taken into preventing custody this morning.

The Police had erected barricades on both sides of the road leading to Civil lines police mess, besides making heavy deployment of its personnel.

Demanding release of Hazare, Kejriwal, Bedi, Bhushan, the protestors shouted slogans like 'We salute Anna Hazare', 'Weed out corrupt system' and 'Save the country from corrupt politicians'.

"This is a well planned strategy by the government. Barricades have been put up here before Hazare was detained. They are trying to stifle democracy," said Kishan Chowdhry, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, who came to protest outside the police mess.

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