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Azad Maidan erupts in joy

Azad Maidan wore a celebratory mood on Sunday as the 17 people who have been fasting for the past 12 days with Anna Hazare ended their indefinite hunger strike.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 29, 2011 1:02:52 am

Azad Maidan wore a celebratory mood on Sunday as the 17 people who have been fasting for the past 12 days with Anna Hazare ended their indefinite hunger strike. As news of Anna breaking his fast at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi trickled in,all 17 broke their fast at 10.20 am.

While India Against Corruption’s Mumbai co-ordinator Mayank Gandhi was addressing the crowd,he was informed that Anna had broken his fast and announced the news.

Cries of Vande Mataram,Inquilab Zindabad and Bharat Mata Ki Jai reverberated throughout the ground as the 17 people were given liquidised food by the volunteers who have been looking after them.

They were given food with high carbohydrate and sugar content as they had become weak. “We gave them jaggery water,moong water and some sweets as they cannot have any solid food for the next 48 hours. We have told them to be on a liquid diet and avoid milk,sour food and solids for the next few days. They have been advised to take glucose water and electral,” said Dr Kalpana Kamani,who has been looking after the fasting protesters.

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She said none of those fasting showed any signs of complications. “We had asked for medical reports a few days ago and they were normal. No one showed any symptoms of complications apart from acidity and blood pressure,which were kept in check,” said Dr Kamani.

Among those who have been fasting,some plan to take the movement ahead. Roshni Raut (42),a resident of Kalwa,left her job to be at Azad Maidan. “I have been here for the past 12 days. I will miss my job,but some things in life are more important than earning money,” said Raut.

Although some said they will continue fasting,others said they will get back to routine work,unless they need to protest again. Deonar resident and cardiac surgeon Dr Ratna Magotra (64) said,“I will go back to work after some days. I want to rest for a few days. The 12 days of fasting passed off without a problem as we were treated very well by the organisers. The movement has received a very good response from the masses.”

Vijay Jadhav (32) had come to Mumbai from Sangli to participate in the movement. “I decided to do my bit for India by fasting. There is rampant corruption in our country and we must fight to eradicate it. Although the fast has ended,our struggle has not,” said Jadhav,who revealed he will go back to his village and return to farming.

“We have not won yet. There is still work which has to be done. We will continue our fight to eradicate corruption,” said Gandhi.

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