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Hazare refuses to leave jail after release

Hazare refuses to leave jail after release
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Aug 17 2011. 11 04 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 17 2011. 11 04 AM IST
New Delhi: Government on Wednesday said Anna Hazare was free to go wherever he wants to and that Delhi Police will take a decision on whether he will be allowed to hold protest at J.P. Park here.
However, Hazare made it clear that he would come out of the prison only if he is given permission to stage the indefinite fast at the J.P. Park, the original planned venue for the hunger strike.
Union home secretary R.K. Singh said since Hazare has been released he is free to go wherever he wants to.
“He is in the office of the DIG, Tihar Jail. He rested at night and he and his supporters have been given a hall...I am quite sure that Delhi Police officers have been talking to him,” he told reporters.
“He has been released. He can go wherever he wants, he is free and officers from Delhi Police will be asking him where he wants to go,” Singh said.
The 73-year-old Gandhian, who was ordered to be released on Tuesday after being remanded in 7-day judicial custody, spent the night in the administrative block of the jail along with his associate Arvind Kejriwal.
Hazare was offered release on Tuesday night after the Delhi Police issued warrants of release for him and seven of his associates, almost 13 hours after they were detained.
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First Published: Wed, Aug 17 2011. 11 04 AM IST