16 Aug '11, 3am

Indian police detain anti-graft activist ahead of fast

Indian police detain anti-graft activist ahead of fast

NEW DELHI: Indian police on Tuesday detained a veteran anti-corruption campaigner, Anna Hazare, as he prepared to push ahead with a banned hunger strike in New Delhi, witnesses said. The police action came in front of hundreds of Hazare supporters who had gathered to back his "fast unto death" aimed at pressuring the government into strengthening a new anti-corruption law. "Plainclothes police came to the apartment where he was staying and asked him to accompany them peacefully," fellow activist Akhil Gogoi told AFP. The 74-year-old devotee of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi was driven away in an unmarked car, Gogoi said. Police sources said he had been picked up along with two other senior activists and taken to a police facility in north Delhi. The supporters gathered at the apartment protested his detention, shouting anti-police and pro-Hazare slogans as he was taken a...

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