On Monday evening, Patel agitation leader Hardik Patel, who was arrested by Rajkot Police, for insulting national flag, was released on bail. Soon after being released on bail, Surat Police arrested him on charges of sedition for his alleged controversial remarks instigating a community youth to kill policemen instead of committing suicide. Rajkot Police granted him bail on a bail bond of Rs 10,000.
Hardik, who was detained on Sunday by Rajkot rural police ahead of the India-South Africa One-Day International as he had threatened to disrupt the match, was arrested by the rural police for allegedly insulting the national flag.
“We have checked all the video footage, which clearly suggested that Hardik did commit an offence of insulting the national flag. Thus, police have lodged an FIR against Hardik at Paddhari Police Station today after which, we have arrested Hardik,” Rajkot-Rural Superintendent of Police Gagandeep Gambhir said.
The sedition case has been filed under section 124(A) of IPC at Amroli Police Station in Surat under which any accused, if convicted, can be sentenced to maximum of life imprisonment, while the minimum sentence is of three years. Other IPC sections included in the FIR against Hardik are section 115 (Abetment of offence), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, 505-2 (incite one community against another) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The 22-year-old fiery leader had allegedly advised a youth from his community to kill cops rather than ending his life.
“If you have so much courage…then go and kill a couple of policemen. Patels never commit suicide,” Hardik had allegedly told the youth Vipul Desai, who had announced that he would commit suicide in support of the agitation