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Thousands protest outside jail where Anna Hazare held

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told parliament that the hunger strike by the anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare, is "totally misconceived".

He said the 74-year-old was trying to circumvent democracy by demanding the overhaul of an anti-corruption bill.

Mr Hazare spent the night inside Tihar jail in Delhi after rejecting an offer by the authorities to release him.

Protests backing his campaign have been gathering momentum across the country and thousands have gathered outside the prison where he is being held.

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder has been surveying the scene.

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