Patel Protest: Gujarat Burns, CM’s Husband Attacked

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Update 11:30 pm: Protesters set ablaze many cars and buses. Section 144 imposed in Kapodra Police Station and Sarthana Police station areas after protesters turned violent in Surat, Gujarat. “My sincere appeal to people of Gujarat to maintain peace and not to indulge in activities disrupting law & order across the state” Gujarat CM told protesters. The Protesters has called Gujarat bandh on wednesday

Protesters attacked Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel’s husband Mufat Patel. They also set fire the house of home minister. Ten days holiday was declared in Ahmedabad schools.

Update: Ahmedabad police released Hardik Patel . 

Ahmedabad: Police on Tuesday detained Hardik Patel, the leader of Patel community after the massive rally he was leading to coerce the government to grant Other Backward Caste (OBC) quota for his community.

Hundreds of protestors gathered at Ahmedabad’s GMDC ground bent berserk and destroyed several vehicles after police resorted to lathicharge.

Earlier, the agitation of the Patel community turned violent with clashes being reported in various parts of Ahmedabad forcing the police to baton charge the agitators. Police also lobbed teargas shells to control the situation.

Clashes between Patel community members and local residents were reported in Vadaj, Vastrapur, Nikol and Paldi areas when they tried to enforce a bandh called by their community leader Hardik Patel after their mega rally.

According to another police official, several clashes were reported in Vastrapur, Paldi and Nikol areas of the city after protesters from Patel community used force to shut down shops. Large groups of Patel community youths went around on various roads of the city on their two-wheelers wielding sticks to enforce the bandh.

Reports have also come that some miscreants damaged window panes of city buses at various places.

Hardik Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti who is spearheading the agitation, said the police wrongfully beat up protesters and threatened that the government would face worst result.

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