Patel agitation: Curfew clamped, internet services banned in developed Gujarat

NEW DELHI: Curfew was clamped on Sunday in Mehsana town in Gujarat and mobile internet service banned as a massive rally of the Patel community demanding reservation and immediate release of their jailed leaders turned violent with two buildings being set ablaze and some police vehicles damaged.

“We have imposed a curfew in Mehsana town till tomorrow morning. Mobile internet service has been suspended during this period. The violent mob set ablaze two government properties….a sub-divisional magistrate and a mamlatdar (revenue officer) were injured in the stone-pelting,” said Lochan Sehra, Collector of Mehsana, 73 km from Ahmedabad.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spokes to Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel who apprised him of the situation in the state post the reports of clashes in Mehsana, reports ANI.

Sardar Patel Group (SPG) chief Lalji Patel received a head injury in the ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation. He said that the agitators will file an FIR against the police.

“Our protest was peaceful as announced earlier. However, police suddenly hit me and some of our members when we were walking ahead of the procession. I was hit on head. You can see the blood on my face. We were beaten up without any provocation,” said Patel, who along with some other agitators were detained by the police.

“People injured in today’s police action will file FIR against Police. We wrote letters to administration 10 days ago informing them of our today’s ‘jail bharo andolan’,” Patel added.


Meanwhile, SPG as well as Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) have given a call for `Gujarat Bandh’ tomorrow.

Large number of police, with water canons and teargas shell guns, had been deployed at the crossroad.

“Police first used the water canons to disperse the mob which attacked some police vehicles. Teargas shells were also fired as the mob started throwing stones. It also set ablaze some private vehicles. The operation to control the situation is still on,” said a police control room official.

(With Agency Inputs)