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Anna to mull over Srinagar, Manipur invitations

By Onkar Singh
September 02, 2011 19:47 IST
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The core group of Anna Hazare's team would discuss invitations to Kashmir and Manipur during its meeting on September 10 and 11 at Anna's village Ralegan Siddhi. This was disclosed by social activist and member of Team Anna, Arvind Kejriwal, at a press conference held at Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi on Friday.

Team Anna had received invitations from Manipur civil rights and political activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on fast for more then seven years demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Kashmiri leaders too have invited Anna Hazare to help in identifying 2500 unidentified bodies found in three districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

So far Anna Hazare has refused to comment on the invitations.

"We have requested Anna Hazareji to come to Srinagar and help in identifying the bodies by getting the DNA tests on them," Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of All Party Hurriyat Conference, told

The Kashmiri leaders are highly impressed by the non-violent

movement launched by Anna Hazare against corruption.

However, Sharmila has termed Anna Hazare movement as a bit artificial. She told television channels that if he really is a Gandhian then he should help her cause.

Anna's close aids, however, said that this was not possible. Anna believes in India and the tricolour, something the militants in Kashmir and Manipur do not believe in, they said. 

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