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Blindfolded,diya on head,they all camp

Afzal Captain from Ratlam,Madhya Pradesh,has had a diya perched on his head since August 16,the day Anna Hazare began his fast in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill.

Afzal Captain from Ratlam,Madhya Pradesh,has had a diya perched on his head since August 16,the day Anna Hazare began his fast in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill.

He plans to keep the diya burning till the Bill is accepted by the government. Accompanying him at the Ramlila Maidan is his six-year-old son.

On Tuesday afternoon,as rain lashed the protest venue,Afzal stood under the tent to protect the diya.

Slogans in support of Hazare are painted all over Afzal’s body and the Tricolour has found a place on his chest. He wanted his son to witness the movement,so he has brought him along.

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“If Annaji can go on a fast,I can keep a diya on my head till the government does not accept the Jan Lokpal Bill. If it rains,I usually keep a glass over the diya to protect it. I have kept dough on my head to prevent the diya from burning my scalp and have fixed the diya on it. I keep a bottle of oil nearby,so that the flame does not die,’’ said Afzal.

Afzal said he had shaved his head for this protest. “I even sleep with the diya on my head,’’ said Afzal.

He said around 5,000 children from Ratlam are expected to reach Delhi on Wesnesday to increase Hazare’s support base.

Behind a stall for ex-Servicemen,Manoj Kumar from Sonepat stands out,wearing a thick gauze bandage to cover his eyes. Even the people manning the stall had no idea why he ahd covered his eyes or what he was doing there.

“I was getting drenched in the rain earlier and two women led me to this stall and told me that I would be safe here,” said Kumar,who is here with his two sons. “I covered my eyes the moment I entered the venure yesterday morning and haven’t eaten since. A new India is awakening thanks to Anna and I want to open my eyes only to this new country,” he said.