New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): Delhi police have refused to grant Team Anna permission to hold an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar from July 25, saying the protest timing coincides with the monsoon session of Parliament when other outfits will also have to be accommodated at the venue.
Team Anna had announced the protest programme against the UPA government on the issue of corruption, its alleged failure to enact a strong Lokpal and not setting up a special investigation team to probe charges against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his 14 cabinet colleagues.
In a letter to Team Anna, the Delhi police said a large number of organisations hold protests at Jantar Mantar throughout the year. But, during the proposed period of fast, the monsoon session of Parliament would be on and Jantar Mantar will see a huge rush that would have to be accommodated.
“This place has a limited capacity to hold people, and keeping in mind equitable distribution of space for everyone, each organisation will be permitted to bring only a very limited number of supporters. A gathering larger than the capacity is vulnerable to stampede and other security related issues which will come up,” it said.