GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � People of Guwahati on Tuesday joined the spontaneous citizens� movement across the country which was triggered by the arrest of noted Gandhian and crusader against corruption, Anna Hazare.
Extending support to the cause of Hazare who has been demanding a strong anti-graft legislation, people from all walks of life came out and joined the protest programmes staged by different organizations in the capital city.
Around 100 protesters were picked up by police and later
India Against Corruption, Assam State unit held its protest programme at Dighalipukhuripar near District Library. Adhering to the district administration�s order, 20 people sat on a relay hunger strike, whereas hundreds of people joined in protest against Anna�s arrest by wearing black masks.
The citizens went out in a procession around Dighalipukhuri joining lakhs of Indians who took to the streets slamming the government over the arrest of Hazare and demanding elimination of corruption.
It may to be mentioned here that the India against Corruption, Assam branch will sit in a relay hunger strike for 10 days at the NCP Office field opposite Shanti Udayan,
Guwahati. The organisation has urged all sections of the society to protest the undemocratic manner in which Anna Hazare and his associates have been arrested.
�We demand Delhi Police to immediately release all the members of Team Anna who have been taken into custody violating their fundamental right to peaceful protest. Our protests will continue till Team Anna is released,� warned the unit.
On the other hand, several organisations including the Hindu Jagaran Manch, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh, and the Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha, Assam Pradesh took to the streets in the afternoon shouting slogans against the UPA government. The protesters first gathered at Chandmari Engineering Institute ground where they slammed the Congress and appealed to all citizens to join the movement against corruption.
�By trampling on the democratic movement of Anna Hazare, the Congress has once again proved its fascist attitude,� said the BJP, Assam Pradesh, warning that the movement against corruption cannot be throttled by force.
Meanwhile, many organizations have condemned the arrest of Anna Hazare, terming the act as undemocratic. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Assam State Committee, the All India Trade Union Congress, Assam State Committee have come down heavily on the Congress and demanded immediate release of Hazare and his associates.
The BJP, Assam Pradesh and the All India Trade Union Congress, Assam State Committee have extended their solidarity with the nationwide protest scheduled on August 17. The trade union will stage a demonstration before the Meghdoot Bhawan here. The State BJP members will protest in all the districts.
The anger of the common man against a government that has been taking a lenient and compromising attitude towards corruption further spilled out as the day progressed. The residents of Kumarpara area staged a sit-in demonstration at the Kumarpara Pachali point.
The Socialist Unity Centre of India took out a protest procession at Panbazar. The Lawyers� Association, Guwahati too took out a protest procession in the afternoon.
The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has called upon the people of the State to unite against corruption.
The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) too expressed its anger by staging protest programmes across the State. It has urged the citizens of Assam to take part in the �jail bharo� programme scheduled for August 17.
The All Assam Students� Union is taking out a torchlight procession across the State tomorrow.