Visnagar court awards two-year imprisonment to Hardik Patel and two aides in 2015 arson case

Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in jail by a Visnagar court in Gujarat's Mehsana district in a 2015 riots case related to vandalising BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel’s office in Visnagar during 2015 Patidar protests.

Judge VP Agarwal, of the sessions court at Visnagar, held guilty Hardik Patel and his two aides, Lalji Patel and AK Patel under IPC sections pertaining to rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly. The other 14 accused were let off by the court for want of enough evidence against them. Patel’s lawyer moved a bail plea in the court, as soon as the verdict was delivered. Patel is allowed to file a bail plea as he has been given a jail term less than three years, according to The Financial Express. Patel reacted to his arrest, stating that trouble can only be solved when you rise above that level.

The FIR in the case was filed at Visnagar in Mehsana district on 23 July 2015 when a rally of the Patel community seeking reservation turned violent resulting in damage to property and assault on some media persons. During the violent agitation, the mob had torched a car and vandalised the office of the local BJP MLA.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2018 13:17:04 IST