Gujarat returns to calmness amid calls of fresh protests

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Ahmedabad: Gujarat returned to an uneasy calmness two days after violence ripped off Ahmedabad from its tracks during the OBC quota stir of Patel community even as death toll rose to 10 and Hardik Patel vowed to intensify the agitation.

Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has called on the people to maintain peace 22-year-old Hardik, who is spearheading the agitation, today upped the ante asking farmers of his community not to supply essential commodities like vegetables and milk to cities and support the demand for reservation in jobs and education under OBC quota.

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He also demanded compensation of Rs 35 lakh each for the families of his community members who died in the violence. The issue also rocked the Gujarat assembly and Congress MLAs were suspended when they tried to raise the issue in the floor of the house.

Army conducted flag marches in Ahmedabad to instill confidence among the people in the wake of the violence. The Army has been also deployed in Surat and Mehasana.

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