Students take to streets for Anna

Thousands of students under the aegis of various unions and organisations showing solidarity to Anna Hazare by   protesting on streets in Mangalore on Wednesday. DH Photo

Thousands of students under the aegis of various unions and organisations came out on streets to show solidarity to Anna Hazare in Mangalore on Wednesday. Shouting out slogans for Anna and against corruption and the Central government, students took out a procession on the busy city streets. The turn out was undoubtedly a record of sorts because, no issue managed to gather such a huge consensus from the students in recent past.

‘Corruption is cancer, Anna is medicine’, ‘Anna age bado, hum tumhare saath hai’ and various other slogans written on placards were held high by the students during the procession from Jyothi (Ambedkar) Circle to Deputy Commissioner’s office.

A public meet was held outside DC’s office. All College Students’ Union had 107 colleges affiliated to Mangalore University including 57 colleges from city participating in the protest, said Union Advisor Dinakar Shetty.The Association members handed over a memorandum to the DC demanding the central authorities to give permission to the peaceful protest of Anna, to withdraw 107 cases filed against Anna and team, to pass and implement Lokpal bill at the earliest and to take action against the officials responsible for arrest of Anna. They also demanded that central government should seek apology of the citizens of India.

Akhila Bharath Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) members took out a procession from PVS Circle to Deputy Commissioner’s office. The students identifying with ABVP sat on the street outside DC’s office supporting the ‘second freedom struggle’ started by Anna and also opposing his arrest.

The members handed over a memorandum to the President of India through the DC demanding introduction of strong Jan Lokpal bill to curb corruption, bring Prime Minister and Judiciary under the purview of this bill, release of Anna Hazare, accept Anna’s demands for the welfare of the country, to bring the black money stocked in Swiss Bank back to India and declare it as national asset.

Meanwhile, organisations like Jana Jagriti Prishat, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Campus Front of India expressed their support for the cause of Anna Hazare and condemned the arrest of Anna and team.

Traffic

Traffic on the city roads on Wednesday had to make way for the oceanic student crowd, which stepped out on the street demanding rooting out corruption and release of Anna Hazare. The students and the traffic went in co-ordination with each other. At certain places, the students marching in the procession navigated the traffic and at some places, the drivers made way for the students to carry forward their procession. Though the traffic block appeared at busy junction, the drivers patiently watched the procession pass by.

While a few colleges declared holiday, many students from other colleges volunteered to take part in the protest.

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