Miffed Pa­tels Clash With Guj Po­lice; Cur­few in Mehsana

Over 400 held; mo­bile Net ser­vices sus­pended in Ahmed­abad, Ra­jkot, Su­rat, Mehsana

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Gand­hi­na­gar: Cur­few was im­posed in Mehsana town in north Gu­jarat fol­low­ing a vi­o­lent con­fronta­tion be­tween ag­i­tat­ing Pa­tels and the po­lice on Sun­day. The Pati­dars were stag­ing a Jail Bharo pro­gramme un­der the lead­er­ship of the Sar­dar Pa­tel group (SPG) across the state seek­ing re­lease of in­car­cer­ated Pati­dar lead­ers like Hardik Pa­tel.

SPG chief Lalji Pa­tel re­ceived in­juries in the head dur­ing the con­fronta­tion while around a thou­sand Pa­tel ac­tivists were de­tained in Mehsana, more than 400 ag­i­ta­tors were taken into cus­tody in Su­rat. Fol­low­ing this de­vel­op­ment, mo­bile in­ter­net ser­vices were sus­pended in Su­rat, Ahmed­abad, Ra­jkot and Mehsana. SPG chief Lalji Pa­tel later said that his or­gan­i­sa­tion will seek le­gal ac­tion against the po­lice for un­war­ranted vi­o­lence against the ag­i­ta­tors, who were peace­fully de­mand­ing the re­lease of their lead­ers. He said the po­lice used wa­ter can­non and lathis against the ag­i­ta­tors.

“This was sim­i­lar to what they had done on Au­gust 25 last year,” Pa­tel said. It was the vi­o­lent po­lice ac­tion against the Pati­dars on Au­gust 25 last year that had trig­gered large scale vi­o­lence across the state help­ing the ag­i­ta­tion oc­cupy cen­trestage in the state. Mean­while, chief min­is­ter Anandiben Pa­tel re­spond­ing to a me­dia ques­tion on ag­i­ta­tion in south Gu­jarat brushed it aside say­ing that “let them run ag­i­ta­tions. Our job is to serve.” While her re­tort is be­ing largely read as be­ing in­sen­si­tive with the Op­po­si­tion Congress jump­ing into con­demn her, state BJP pres­i­dent Vi­jay Ru­pani sought to con­trol the dam­age.

“TheiIn­ci­dent in Mehsana is sad. No one in a democ­racy can take ob­jec­tion to a move­ment. But it is

not right if the ag­i­ta­tion turns vi­o­lent, best res­o­lu­tion can only be ar­rived at through di­a­logue.,” read a state­ment re­leased by Ru­pani.

Po­lice us­ing wa­ter canon to con­trol Pa­tel protest in Mehsana on Sun­day

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