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Support for Anna Hazare

Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare stage a hunger strike in support for Jan Lokpal Bill in Chennai
The cry against corruption in the city got louder on day two with school and college students holding rallies and meetings in support of Anna Hazare and Jan Lokpal bill.

 Demanding the unconditional release of Team Anna and permission for holding fast at JP Park and withdrawal of the Centre's Lokpal Bill from Parliament, the Chennai chapter of India Against corruption sought either the introduction of the Jan Lokpal or a nationwide referendum on the issue. Of the 36 people on indefinite fast, one was hospitalised, two withdrew due to health reasons and an 88-year old person was requested to give up the protest on Wednesday.

There were more students at the fasting venue than on the first day. Students from various colleges arrived in groups throughout the day. About 30 students campaigning in an open van were detained by the police.

 By evening, over 5,000 persons had come to the venue, said Bhavana Upadhyaya, an organiser. Later in the evening, families, including children from the local neighbourhood, joined in support.