New Delhi: The standoff between Team Anna and government worsened further as Anna Hazare’s fast entered fifth day at Jantar Mantar here on Thursday. While the health condition of the fasting members including Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal deteriorated further, the government remained mum on the entire episode.

Hazare held discussions with the three fasting activists and Bedi in the morning.

None of the fasting activists took to the dais till 11:30 AM though a crowd of around 500 gathered at the protest venue at Jantar Mantar here. Hazare came to the stage along with Bollywood actor Anupam Kher a little later.

End fast, appeals Anupam Kher

Kher appealed to activists to end their hunger strike, saying their leadership is necessary for taking the anti- corruption movement forward.

"It is our duty to raise voice against corruption. It is necessary that this voice reaches the masses. I appeal to all fasting activists, including Arvind, to call off their fast," he told reporters at Jantar Mantar.

Govt in no mood of talks

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On Wednesday, the Team members dared government against forceful eviction of fasting activists. Meanwhile, there has been no response from the government’s side. However, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday had asked the fasting Team Anna members to call off their fast.

Delhi Police letter to Team Anna

Notably, Delhi Police have also written a letter to Team Anna saying that its members, including Arvind Kejriwal - fasting for the past nine days for a ‘strong Lokpal Bill’, must be hospitalized soon.

However, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai have refused hospitalisation despite their health condition worsening and a warning from police that organisers will be "squarely responsible" if anything happens to the fasting activists.

"All the three have repeatedly said that they are here for sacrifice. They will not get prevailed upon. They are very determined themselves," Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said.

Team Anna had rejected the government hospital report advising hospitalisation, saying it was "fake" and their doctors announced that they were fit to continue the fast as their vital parameters were stable.
Anna supporters keep night-long vigil

Fearing forcible hospitalization of three fasting activists, including Arvind Kejriwal, scores of Team Anna supporters kept vigil throughout the night at the Jantar Mantar protest venue.

At 1 AM, even the routine change of duty of police personnel was initially perceived by protesters as a sign of mobilisation to forcibly take Kejriwal and two others to hospital.

A volunteer immediately alerted others and as supporters started gathering, a senior police official informed them that it was change of duty of personnel and they were there not to take anybody to hospital.

Security beefed

Security has been stepped up at the site following Wednesday's bomb explosions in Pune. Police personnel were deployed in large numbers at the protest venue and bomb disposal squads were pressed to check the site on Wednesday night and early on Thursday morning.

Group of Ralegan villagers to meet Hazare

The sarpanch (headman) of Anna Hazare's native village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district left for Delhi along with some other villagers to meet the social activist.

"Sarpanch Jaisinh Mapari and a few villagers left Ralegan this morning to meet Anna," Hazare's aide Datta Awari said over phone from the village.

In the evening, the villagers would organise a morcha at Padmavati temple in Ralegan in support of Hazare, he said.


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