Delhi Police has rejected permission for Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast in New Delhi as his team refused to give an undertaking that the Gandhian would end it by Thursday and restrict the number of protestors to 5,000.
The Hazare team said the Gandhian and his supporters would court arrest on Tuesday at Jai Prakash Narain Park near Ferozeshah Kotla stadium after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
The police move to reject the application came soon after the Hazare team submitted an undertaking leaving six out of the 22 conditions laid out by Delhi Police for granting permission for the fast at the park.Delhi Police sources said they have rejected permission for Hazare as the organisers failed to give a “full and proper” undertaking on 22 conditions laid out by it.
The Hazare team said they have given an undertaking accepting 16 conditions.
The conditions that were not accepted by the Hazare team were capping the day of protest to three and the number of protestors to below 5,000, government doctors to check on Hazare, ban on use of loudspeakers after 9 pm, limiting the number of vehicles to 50 cars and 50 motorcycles in parking and that no tent be erected.
A senior police official said they had been “very accomodating” and had gone out of the way to help them. He said they would be forced to take action against Hazare team if they forcibly enter the park on Tuesday.
Delhi Police had offered Jai Prakash Narain Park last week as a venue but had laid out 22 conditions for giving permission for Hazare to sit on protest.
Asked about the next course of action, a Hazare team spokesperson said, “Hazare will first go to Rajghat and then will proceed towards JP Park. If police allows us to stage fast, then we will hold the protest there. Otherwise, we will court arrest.”