Fasting Indian activist sheds 'five kilos'

NEW DELHI, Aug 22, 2011 (AFP) - Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has lost five kilos (11 pounds) since he started fasting a week ago, his aides said Monday, adding they were "worried" about his condition.

Hazare, 74, is now in the seventh day of a hunger strike that he started in jail and then took public last Friday in a bid to force the government to pass stronger anti-corruption laws.

"He has lost five kilograms in the past seven days. His weight has come down to 67 from 72 kg," his close associate Manish Sisodia told reporters.

"Doctors say his health is okay but we are worried," Sisodia said.

Hazare, who is consuming only water, moved his fast to an open-air venue in central Delhi last week.

On Monday he was lying on a mattress on the venue's main stage, and did not address the large crowds as he had done on previous mornings.

Hazare is attended by a team of doctors, who can be seen regularly checking his blood pressure and monitoring other vital signs.

He has been given official permission to fast there until September 2.

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