Gujarat Police on Sunday detained Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel and his supporters who were trying to organise a protest fast in Ahmedabad’s Nikol. Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepan Bhadran said Patel and eight leaders of the group were detained outside the Patidar leader’s house in Sola. Several of the group’s members staged a protest outside the Crime Branch and demanded Hardik Patel’s release. The protestors accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government of being repressive. Hardik Patel took to Twitter on Sunday night to say that he had been released.
“The Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party is like the British,” Patel tweeted. “We will demand loan waivers for farmers, reservations for the community, and fundamental rights at the Anichachitakalin Anshan on August 25.”Patel had announced that he would join 500 of his supporters in holding a symbolic fast at a parking lot in Nikol to secure the state’s permission to hold an indefinite fast at a ground on August 25. The event is part of their on-going movement demanding a quota for Patidar youth in jobs and education. Patel is believed to have written to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani seeking his permission for the August 25 event.
“The Crime Branch has registered a first information report against Hardik Patel and others under sections 143 (Unlawful assembly) and 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the IPC,” Bhadran told the news agency. Deputy Commissioner of Police Himkar Singh said 30 of the group’s leaders and supporters were detained in Nikol and Ramol. “They were detained when they were on their way to attend the protest gathering for which they had no police permission,” Singh said.