Groundswell of support for Anna visible in Uttar Pradesh

Cities - including Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra, Sitapur, Firozabad, Mirzapur, Jhansi and Ballia - witnessed sit-ins and processions of people from all age groups. Shouting anti-graft slogans, people condemned the Delhi Police action against Hazare, who was detained Tuesday morning before he  was to begin his planned fast against the government version of the  Lokpal bill.

Demanding the immediate release of Hazare, students of the Allahabad University (AU) and colleges in Kanpur took out processions, during which they burnt effigies symbolising the central government.

In Ballia , Allahabad and Bulandshahr, especially, courthouses looked deserted.
Many people were detained in Allahabad, Sultanpur and other parts of Uttar Pradesh as they blockaded roads during protests against Hazare's detention.

In Lucknow, people from various walks of carried out protests in Hazratganj, Gomti Nagar, Aliganj and Vikas Nagar.

"It is undemocratic," housewife Mita Singh told reporters during a demonstration. "It is all taking place at the behest of the central government, which is trying to gag every voice being raised against corruption."

Holding the tricolour aloft, Hazare's supporters also played patriotic songs. "In a democracy like ours, one has the right to protest in a peaceful manner," retired professor P.K. Garg told reporters in Hazratganj. "By detaining Hazare and others supporting him, the government is depriving them of their constitutional rights."

Members of India Against Corruption (IAC), which has been backing Hazare, is staging a sit-in at the Jhulelal Park here. Five IAC members in Lucknow have decided to observe an indefinite fast in support of Hazare from Tuesday, IAC co-ordinator R.K. Agarwal said.
Residents of various localities will also be taking out candle marches.

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