FPJ NEWS SERVICE Gurgaon

Anna Hazare, who was discharged from a Gurgaon hospital on Wednesday evening, three days after he broke his historic fast, flew out of the Capital in a scheduled commercial flight of a private airline.

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p> He is heading for Pune en route to his native village Ralegon Siddhi, just in time for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, which begin on Thursday.

Hazare, who has thrived on media frenzy, slipped out through the rear entrance of the hospital, apparently to avoid the glare of the media, which was present in strength outside the hospital premises. Hazare, a darling of the electronic media, did not address his constant companions during his 12- day fast.

Hazare, the doctors said, had met some of his close associates for a few hours before leaving.

Anna will drive to Ralegan Siddhi after attending a programme in his honour at Pune. An associate said Hazare had asked fellow villagers on phone not to arrange any lavish reception for him. However, he will be installing a Ganesh idol at a public pandal in his village. He would also address a alt39 gram- sabhaalt39 in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Anna Hazare supporters have stepped forward to pay the activists hospital bill.

The help poured in a day after it was reported that there was ambiguity over who would pay the veteran activists medical bills.

The virtual world was abuzz with messages such as ” I want to pay for Annaji” on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

” I am an engineering student at IIT. I request hospital authorities and Team Anna to share the details of the amount that is needed. Pocket money or part- time job, our classmates will give all they can,” said S. Guru Prakash from Bangalore.

Krishan Patel from Ahmedabad posted on Twitter: ” Anna is our national hero. I am ready to contribute my one months full salary to meet his medical expenditure.” Many supporters posted their phone numbers for further assistance on any financial help.

While help poured in from all corners, it was not clear whether Hazare would be charged at all for his stay at Medanta Medicity. ” He is a decent man. I have immense respect for what he is doing. Let us first see the bills, only then something can be said,” heart specialist Naresh Trehan had said. Hazare had been under the medical supervision of Trehan and had not been charged.

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