Hardik Patel detained near Rajkot cricket stadium to avoid untoward incidents during India-SA ODI match

The Police on Sunday detained Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel on Rajkot-Jamnagar Highway, to avoid untoward incidents during India-SA ODI match.

Hardik Patel detained near Rajkot cricket stadium

Police detained Hardik Patel from Madhapar cross road area today when he was on his way to Khandheri Cricket Stadium in the city, where an ODI between India and South Africa is scheduled to be played,” Superintendent of Police of Jamnagar (Rural) Pradip Sejul said.

Hardik, the spearhead of Patel quota agitation and convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and around four of his supporters were detained when he was going to the cricket stadium in the attire of a farmer, he said.

Rajkot (Rural) Superintendent of Police Gagandeep Gambhir said Hardik was taken to SRP headquarters in Ghanteswar area on the city’s outskirts.

“We have not come here to protest, but we just want to watch the match with our Patidar (Patel) brothers. Like many other spectators who have come here to cheer up Indian team. We have tickets for the match also,” Hardik said.

“I want to urge to the people to keep calm and not to do anything that will breach peace and law and order situation of Gujarat,” he said.

Rajkot city, and the entire cricket stadium, is surrounded by police personnel with and without uniform.

The third ODI of the five match series is being played at Saurashtra Cricket Association ​(SCA) stadium in Khandheri village on the outskirts of the city.

The police have also imposed ban on internet and mobile network to maintain peace, stop spread of rumours and for smooth conduct of the international cricket match.

Hardik had also urged the Patel community members to remain present in large numbers during the match to raise their demand for reservation under OBC quota for which they have been agitating over the last two months.

The Rajkot stadium has been fortified and the city secured with large deployment of police and State Reserve Police personnel to ensure smooth conduct of the ODI.