Hardik Patel questioned by Jaipur Police, claims he was prevented from meeting Arvind Kejriwal

Patidar community leader Hardik Patel on Friday claimed he was 'arrested by the Rajasthan police' at the Jaipur International Airport, and prevented from meeting Arvind Kejriwal, who was also in the city, a charge the police denied as 'rumour' saying he was escorted for safety reasons.

FP Staff December 24, 2016 08:55:49 IST
Hardik Patel questioned by Jaipur Police, claims he was prevented from meeting Arvind Kejriwal

Jaipur: Patidar community leader Hardik Patel on Friday claimed he was "arrested by the Rajasthan police" at the Jaipur International Airport, and prevented from meeting Arvind Kejriwal, who was also in the city, a charge the police denied as "rumour" saying he was escorted for safety reasons.

Though he was released later, the incident took place at the same time when Kejriwal was in Jaipur. According to Economic Times report, Patel told the newspaper that he was planning to meet Kejriwal.

"Kejriwal had earlier reached out to Patel in a bid to secure his community’s backing in the run-up to the assembly polls in Gujarat in 2017," the report said.

According to The Indian Express, the Jaipur Police had prevented Patel from meeting anyone. Patel had claimed that the action was politically motivated.

"On the instructions of the Vasundhara Raje government, the Jaipur Police arrested me as soon as I got down at the Jaipur airport," he said in the first of a series of tweets.

Kejriwal had also tweeted on Friday, asking for Patel's immediate release.

However, the police denied the claims saying he was "just escorted for his own safety".

"He was neither detained nor arrested by the police. He was escorted owing to safety reasons. He had left for Udaipur right after landing at Jaipur Airport. It is purely a rumour (that he was arrested)," DCP East Kunwar Rashtradeep told PTI.

After landing at Jaipur airport, Patel, in multiple tweets alleged he was "arrested" and "the Rajasthan government and other BJP-ruled states were trying to snatch freedom (from people)".

He tweeted, "Jaipur police said the reason for my arrest, is threat to my life."

"In Independent India, attempt to snatch freedom is being made in every BJP-led state," he alleged in another tweet.

The Patidar leader also tweeted, "The Jaipur DCP said we have orders from higher authorities, you have to come with us."

With inputs from PTI

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