Members of Patel community on Tuesday night resorted to arson, stone-pelting and vandalism after brief detention of their 22-year-old leader Hardik Patel, following which curfew was tonight imposed in three towns of North Gujarat and some areas of Surat.
As the news of detention of Patel spread, violence broke out first here and later spread to other cities like Surat, Mehsana, Rajkot and some interior areas of the state. He was later released.
My sincere appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace and not to indulge in activities disrupting law & order across the state.
In Ahmedabad, city buses and police posts were set on fire, while stone-pelting was reported from various parts of Gujarat, state control room officials said.
Police had to resort to lathicharge and lob teargas shells to control the situation.
21-year-old Hardik Patel, was briefly detained over his hunger strike to demand OBC reservation for the Patel community, called for a state-wide bandh on Wednesday to intensify the agitation.
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Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has appealed to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace and not to indulge in activities disrupting law and order across the state in light of the violent protests by members of the Patel community across the city.
“I urge people to refrain from spreading & believing any rumours & support state administration in maintaining peace & harmony across Gujarat. My sincere appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace and not to indulge in activities disrupting law and order across the state,” Patel said on Twitter.
Paramilitary forces like State Reserve Police Force, BSF and Rapid Action Force have been deployed in cities like Ahmedabad and Mehsana. However, no casualties have been reported in the state so far.
Curfew was imposed in Mehsana city, about 90 kms from here, and Unjha and Visnagar towns after widespread incident of arson in which attempts were also made to set on fire residence of Gujarat Minister of State of Home Rajni Patel.
Surat Police have also imposed curfew in Kapodara and Althan areas of the city after angry mob took to the streets and resorted to violence and arson.