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2,000 inmates of Agra Central Jail continue Hunger Strike for the 6th consecutive day

Half a dozen of the hunger strikers have fallen ill and have been transferred to the district hospital

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Agra, September 2, 2016: Over 2,000 inmates of Agra Central Jail continued their hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day on Friday.

They are demanding the immediate release of inmates who have completed 14 years of sentence.

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Half a dozen of the hunger strikers have fallen ill and have been transferred to the district hospital.

When senior officials met them on Thursday, the agitating inmates demanded that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should visit them.

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Akhilesh Yadav . Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Senior superintendent of police S.H.M.Rizvi said their demands were referred to the state government and a decision was likely soon.

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Meanwhile, a few inmates complained that they were being harassed and pressurised to end the strike.

But they were firmly committed to the action and would not end their strike till their demands were met, they said. (IANS)

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Anna Hazare Breaks Fast After Government Assurance

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Anna Hazare finally breaks his fast after government assurance. IANS
Anna Hazare finally breaks his fast after government assurance. IANS
  • Anna Hazare called off his hunger strike after government’s assurance
  • He fasted in Delhi’s Ramlila Ground
  • He fasted against unfair crop prices, electoral policies and Lokpal appointments

Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday called off his hunger strike in support of his demands as the Central government sought six months to deal with his demands on fair crop prices, Lokpal appointment and electoral reforms.

Anna Hazare wants government to finish corruption completely and take steps in the right direction. Wikimedia Commons

“The government has agreed to demand on crop prices and agreed to take steps on the appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states as soon as possible,” Hazare said as he announced that he was going to break his fast.

Hazare said he had been assured regarding the new electoral reforms and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee report to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

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“The governments are meant for the public and it is government’s responsibility to provide the best service to its people,” he said.

Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Anna Hazare has also raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi earlier. Wikimedia Commons

Hazare launched his agitation in support of his demands at the Ramlila Maidan here on March 23. Earlier, he had launched a movement against corruption in 2011. IANS