Hardik, 59 others booked for rioting

first_imgAhmedabad police on Monday booked the Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and 59 others in a “rioting” case following a complaint by a local BJP councilor in Ramol area of the city. Mr. Hardik Patel and his supporters are accused of vandalising BJP councilor’s house in the city. Following this, the police arrested 11 people after filing an FIR. “They have filed a case against Hardik and others in connection with a complaint by a local BJP leader. This is meant to harass us because the BJP government is using the state machinery to break the agitation ahead of the assembly polls in Gujarat,” said Varun Patel, a media convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). The Patel quota agitation leader, who is already facing two sedition cases in Ahmedabad and Surat and is currently out on bail, allegedly trespassed into the house of Paresh Patel, BJP’s municipal councilor in Vastral, in the city, at around 2 am along with 59 others, as per the complaint filed by Mr. Patel. According to the police, Mr. Hardik and his group were upset as one of their members, Kunal Patel, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly posting an objectionable message on the social media. An FIR was filed against Mr. Hardik and others under sections 147 (rioting), 142, 143, 149 (unlawful assembly), 435(mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The quota agitation, launched in 2015 to seek quota for the Patidar community, is spearheaded by the 23-year-old Hardik, who was earlier arrested and spent several months in jail before he was granted bail. His agitation had turned violent in August 2015 during which over a dozen persons were killed in police firing, forcing the state authorities to call in army to restore law and order situation in the state.last_img

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