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Police offer Delhi's JP Narain park for Anna Hazare's protest

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 - 9:04pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
A senior police official said they had offered Jai Prakash Narain National Park adjacent to Firoz Shah Kotla Ground and next to Shahidi Park for the social activist's proposed fast.

Just a week ahead of the proposed indefinite fast by Anna Hazare, Delhi police tonight offered Jai Prakash Narain National Park adjacent to Firoz Shah Kotla Ground as the venue for his protest against the Lokpal Bill.

A senior police official said they had offered Jai Prakash Narain National Park adjacent to Firoz Shah Kotla Ground and next to Shahidi Park for the social activist's proposed fast. However, it is a subject to permission from the land owning agency.

But, the Hazare team said they were yet to get a formal communication and could not say whether they would agree to it.

"We have sent a team to the proposed venue. If it is a decent venue, we will accept it," a Hazare team member said.

On Monday, the Hazare team had met Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta who sought two days to take a decision on giving permission to organise the indefinite fast.

Delhi Police had already made it clear that Jantar Mantar is out of bounds for Hazare's fast for a "strong" Lokpal Bill later this month, saying the venue has "little capacity" and no single organisation can be allowed to "usurp or lay exclusive claim" to it.

The activists had suggested four venues Boat Club, Rajghat, Ramlila Maidan and Shaheed Park near ITO other than Jantar Mantar and discussed the pros and cons of holding the fast there, but police had denied all these options, the official said.

The Hazare team has already got its NOC from the MCD which is land owning agency of Ramlila Maidan. However, police were not in favour of giving permission there as it would affect security preparations for Independence Day.


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