OBC status row: Patel community leader Hardik detained, released after violence spreads

Ahmedabad: Police on Tuesday night detained Hardik Patel, who has been spearheading the Patel community's agitation for reservations, as he launched a hunger strike after the rally at the GMDC ground without permission, officials said.

However, Patel was released by Ahmedabad police after violence over his detention spread.

 OBC status row: Patel community leader Hardik detained, released after violence spreads

Hardik Patel was detained after he launched a hunger strike demanding OBC status for his community. PTI

"Vastrapur police station's inspector MM Shaikh today went to the GMDC ground and detained Hardik Patel as he sat on dharna (and hunger strike) without taking police permission," police station officer Pravin Solanki told PTI.

When asked where Hardik has been taken, Solanki said, "Hardik has been taken to the city police headquarters in Shahibaugh here as police suspected that if Hardik was kept at Vastrapur police station, people will gather there to protest."

Hardik Patel's aide and spokesperson of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Chirag Patel alleged that the police beat up the protesters including some children and women before taking Hardik away.

"Police first switched off all the lights at GMDC ground and then took Hardik somewhere. Before that, police lathicharged and even beat up women and small children," Patel alleged.

During the massive rally of Patels on Tuesday to demand reservations under OBC category, Hardik Patel made a sudden announcement that he will sit on a hunger strike, and demanded that Chief Minister Anandiben Patel should come to the venue to accept memorandum of the Samiti.

Ketan Patel, Nikhil Savani and Dhiru Mandaviya had joined Hardik Patel in the hunger strike. According to Hardik, Nikhil Savani was on indefinite hunger strike, while he and two others will be on hunger strike for 48 hours.

"We expect the CM to come here in two days. We will announce future course of action after that," Hardik had had said earlier.

PTI

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Updated Date: Aug 26, 2015 07:21:07 IST