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50 Team Anna supporters held

Around 50 Team Anna supporters, including six women, who suddenly turned up to protest outside Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official residence, 7 Race Course Road at 6 pm yesterday, have been detained at Chanakyapuri police station in south Delhi.

Holding placards and banners against the government and the Prime Minister and shouting slogans, the crowd protested against the coal block allocation during the period Manmohan Singh held the coal portfolio. They also demanded a strong Jan Lokpal bill. They threw pamphlets in the air, and some o climbed the outer gate and pelted pieces of coal inside, but were swiftly pulled down by security. Some even lay in the middle of the road and blocked traffic for several minutes as police dragged them into waiting police vehicles. “Some supporters went to 7, RCR to protest against Manmohan Singh’s involvement in coal block allocation,” a Team Anna member said.

Team Anna has alleged that the Prime Minister was responsible for giving away coal blocks to unknown companies at throwaway prices between 2006 and 2009.

“The protesters carried pieces of coal with them, but we have received no reports of stone pelting,” the member said.

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