Supporters brave cops, rain

All the roads leading to the park, named after a revolutionary figure of modern India, were dotted with heavy police deployment to persuade and stop supporters from reaching  the venue.

Supporters coming from different parts of the country were seen sitting in groups holding Tricolour and chanting slogans to lend the campaign more teeth. It was evident that the arrest of Hazare and his team members, including former police officer Kiran Bedi and lawyer Shanti Bhushan by the Delhi police,  could not dampen the spirit of the crowd.

“They (government and police) cannot stop this movement. I and my friends have come from Faridabad to support Hazare’s fight  against the corrupt system,” Ajay Chaudhary, an employee in a hospital in the neighbouring town of Faridabad told Deccan Herald  after courting arrest.

Same were the views echoed by Sanjay Pandey who had come from Bihar to take part in the protest. Pandey, a die-hard fan of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, said: “I think the youth of the country will have to do everything in the second freedom struggle as called by Hazare. I am ready to lay down my life to change the system.”

Brimming with enthusiasm, Pandey showed off the image of Bhagat Singh that he got tattooed oh his arm. Along with a famous couplet that reads “The desire for struggle is in our hearts; We shall now see what strength there is in the boughs of the enemy”.

Kamar Singh, an employee with IBM in Gurgaon, said: “I took leave today to join Anna Hazare. I am not able to understand why the government is refusing to accept his demands which are not undemocratic.”

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