Gurgaon: Anna Hazare was discharged from a hospital on Wednesday evening three days after he was admitted after he broke his 12-day fast demanding a strong Lokpal bill and left for Pune enroute his native village in Maharashtra.

Shortly after he was discharged from Medanta Medicity where he had been under treatment since Sunday, the 74-year-old Gandhian flew out of the capital in a scheduled commercial flight of a private airline.

The anti-corruption crusader is returning to Ralegon Siddhi village to be in time for the commencement of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations from Thursday, nearly three weeks after he came to the Capital to launch his indefinite fast that shook the nation.

"Yes, he is out," Dr Yatin Mehta, who was attending on Hazare, said.

Hazare left through the rear entrance apparently to avoid the glare of the media which was present in strength outside the hospital premises.

 Hazare took solid diet for the first time on Wednesday since being admitted in the hospital, Dr Naresh Trehan, CEO and chairman of Medanta Medicity, earlier said, adding, "His condition is near normal.

"He has started taking dal-roti and khichidi (porridge)," he said.

Trehan said Hazare's blood-pressure was 140/90, which is normal, and his pulse rate was 80 per minute. Hazare has also gained 400 gms in the last 24 hours and he now weighs 67 kg.

The doctor said ketones presence in his urine is normal now and his liver and kidneys were functioning well.

Hazare ended his fast on the dais at Ramlila maidan on Sunday before thousands of cheering supporters, a day after Parliament agreed to refer to three of his demands--Citizen's charter, inclusion of lower bureaucracy and creation of Lokayuktas through Lokpal bill--for Standing Committee's consideration.

(Agencies)