Hardik Patel released after brief detention; tension in Gujarat
NEW DELHI: The Gujarat
police on Tuesday detained Hardik Patel, who has been spearheading the Patel
community’s agitation for reservations, as he launched a hunger strike after
the rally at the GMDC ground without permission. Patel was however, released
after brief detention.
station’s inspector MM Shaikh today went to the GMDC ground and detained Hardik
Patel as he sat on dharna (and hunger strike) without taking police
permission,” police station officer Pravin Solanki said.
When asked where Hardik
has been taken, Solanki said, “Hardik has been taken to the city police
headquarters in Shahibaugh here as police suspected that if Hardik was kept at
Vastrapur police station, people will gather there to protest.”
Hardik Patel’s aide and
spokesperson of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Chirag Patel alleged that the
police beat up the protesters including some children and women before taking
“Police first switched
off all the lights at GMDC ground and then took Hardik somewhere. Before that
police lathicharged and even beat up women and small children,” Patel alleged.
Earlier in the day, in
a mega show of strength for their demand of inclusion in OBC category for reservation,
the Patel community warned that if they are not made eligible for quota, the
BJP government in Gujarat will face consequences in 2017 polls.
After the rally, Hardik
Patel, who is spearheading the agitation, said he will sit on a hunger strike
at the venue till the Chief Minister (Anandiben Patel) does not come to take a
memorandum from them.
The numerically and
economically strong Patel community of Gujarat converged here in large numbers
to take part in the rally, which brought the city to a grinding halt.
The ‘Maha Kranti’ rally
comes after a month-long agitation by the Patel community for their demand of
reservation. “If you do not give our right (reservation), we will snatch it.
Whoever will talk of the interest of Patels will rule over Patels,” Hardik told