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Patidaar Community Calls For Gujarat Bandh
Even as the curfew in Mehsana was lifted off on Monday, Gujarat saw a lot of violence in its mega cities like Ahmedabad. As the Patidaar community called for Gujarat Bandh, the hearing of their young leader Hardik Patel was rescheduled.
A new war cry was heard – Jail Bharo Andolan, this time from the policemen as they charged the members of the Patidaar community agitating against the BJP government. Over 5000 Patels took to the streets.
Transport services were disrupted as police personnel were checking these buses which were moving in and out of the Patidaar community areas. Patidaars on the other hand damaged several buses and wrecked chaos. Due to all the tension and agitation in the city, it was decided that Hardik Patel will not be taken to the court for hearing in Ahmedabad.
Anadiben Patel, the chief minister of Gujarat tweeted asking the citizens to remain at peace. Several educational institutes had to postpone their examinations in the wake of this fresh wave of agitation. Several leaders of the agitating groups like including SPG head Lalji Patel for conspiracy and attempted murder, among other charges.
In the aftermath of the violent clash that shook the state, several police cars were set ablaze including two commercial buildings. Mobile internet services are banned temporarily in order stop the circulation of messages in the cities like Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot. Water cannons and tear gas was used to disperse the mob.
Permission for today's Patel rally had been denied, said Mehsana District Collector Lochan Sehra. "There was stone pelting at the police following which, police had to take action as per law," he said.
Opposition party Congress taking advantage of the situation has asked Anandiben Patel to step down and resign from her post. Meanwhile Hardik Patel's bail pleas have been repeatedly rejected by the courts and he has been in the jail since October on sedition charges.
Source - NDTV