Mr Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast entered the third day today with the activist regretting the attack on media by his supporters and warned that he will call off his fast if they indulge in violence again.

Team Anna member, Mr Arvind Kejriwal, who is also fasting, apologised for the misbehaviour with media but sought to blame media house-owners, saying they have to decide whether they are with the country or corrupt people.

Before Mr Hazare and his close aides took the dais, some supporters shouted slogans against the media.

A scuffle broke out between Team Anna supporters and media-persons last night at Jantar Mantar, where Mr Hazare is on an indefinite fast. Team Anna member, Mr Shanti Bhushan’s allegation that media was not projecting the protest in right light allegedly led to the brawl.

The Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA) condemned the incident and demanded an apology from Team Anna.

Regretting the attack on media, Mr Hazare told his supporters this morning that he “felt sad” after hearing about the attack on media accusing them of not giving proper coverage to the indefinite fast on corruption issues.

“If you indulge in violence, remember that the government can crush us in two days. They have the strength and laws to do that. In future, if these things happen again, at that moment I will call off this agitation. I don’t approve of this. Let media do their work. Don’t bother about what they do,” he said.

He said if the media coverage is not the right way, they should not blame media but should introspect and see if there is any problem with the activists that such reports are coming. “It’s wrong to blame media. I regret that some people have misbehaved with the media,” he said.

(This article was published on July 31, 2012)
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