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Hazare's Arrest: Sibal Faces Protests At Seminar

New Delhi, Aug 16: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was today greeted with protests from Anna Hazare supporters at a seminar on Lokpal here, hours after the arrest of the Gandhian.The students reportedly from Jawaharlal Nehru
PTI August 17, 2011 16:57 IST
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New Delhi, Aug 16: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was today greeted with protests from Anna Hazare supporters at a seminar on Lokpal here, hours after the arrest of the Gandhian.

The students reportedly from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia University were protesting Hazare's arrest under the banner of All India Student's Association at a seminar.

“Janlokpal Lagoo Karo, Jantantrik Andolan ka daman band karo,” they chanted slogans inside the Mavalankar Auditorium taking the audience and the organisers completely by surprise.

They were, however, evicted by the organisers as Sibal stood at the podium silently.

“We were evicted out of the auditorium, when we rose to ask the Minister why our right to protest was being curbed and why Anna Hazare, who has been spearheading the agitation against corruption was arrested in such an undemocratic way,” said Ravi Rai, one of the protesting members.

Alleging that one of the students sustained injuries while being evicted, Rai said the action was taken at the behest of the Minister.

Sibal, however, remained unfazed over the entire episode, saying the government will never allow attempts to change the structure of the Constitution by people who are attempting to “destroy the law making process through protest”. PTI