Guj prom­ises with­drawal of all ‘non-se­ri­ous’ cases against Pati­dar ag­i­ta­tors

Millennium Post - - NATION -

GAND­HI­NA­GAR: In an ap­par­ent bid to pla­cate the Pati­dar com­mu­nity ahead of As­sem­bly elec­tions, the BJP govern­ment in Gu­jarat on Thurs­day an­nounced that it would with­draw all "non-se­ri­ous" cases lodged against the com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing the ag­i­ta­tion for OBC quota.

How­ever, the govern­ment did not give any def­i­nite as­sur­ance about with­drawal of two sedi­tion cases against the quota ag­i­ta­tion leader Hardik Pa­tel.

Deputy chief min­is­ter Nitin Pa­tel said the de­ci­sion to with­draw cases had noth­ing to do with the com­ing elec­tions.

"We have al­ready with­drawn 109 non-se­ri­ous cases against Pati­dar ag­i­ta­tors. An­other 136 cases will be with­drawn this week as the process is un­der­way. We will with­draw all non-se­ri­ous cases soon," he said at a press con­fer­ence here.

The min­is­ter did not give the ex­act num­ber of cases lodged against Pati­dar ag­i­ta­tors in the last two years.

As the rail­ways has also lodged FIRS dur­ing the Au­gust 2015 quota ag­i­ta­tion vi­o­lence, Pa­tel said the state home depart­ment has urged the rail- way min­is­ter to al­low with­drawal of those cases too.

Asked about govern­ment's stand on the fate of sedi­tion cases against Hardik Pa­tel and some oth­ers, the min­is­ter said the de­ci­sion on those cases will be taken later.

"The de­ci­sion to with­draw sedi­tion cases will be taken in a phased man­ner, keep­ing in mind the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Gu­jarat. We will take the de­ci­sion later," he said.

On Septem­ber 26, Nitin Pa­tel had held a meet­ing with Hardik Pa­tel and other Pati­dar lead­ers, in a bid of evolve a com­pro­mise for­mula to pacify the po­lit­i­cally dom­i­nant com­mu­nity which is de­mand­ing in­clu­sion in the OBC quota.

Min­is­ter Pa­tel also made sev­eral other an­nounce­ments to­day, in­clud­ing abo­li­tion of toll for non-com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles on the SP Ring Road around Ahmed­abad, Di­wali bonus of Rs 3,500 for 35,000 class-4 govern­ment em­ploy­ees, jobs to the kin of san­i­ta­tion work­ers who die in the course of duty and one per cent in­crease in the dear­ness al­lowance of govern­ment em­ploy­ees and pen­sion­ers.

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