Gujarat unrest: PM Modi appeals for peace, says violence will never achieve anything

Reacting to the growing state of unrest in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and uphold the values of democracy.

Gujarat unrest: PM Modi appeals for peace, says violence will never achieve anything

Violence does not benefit anybody. Everyone must work together for development and it is through development that we can serve the people, especially the poor. Every issue can be solved through dialogue, the Prime Minister said in a public message.

He also added that violence on the land of Mahatma Gandhi is wrong and nothing can be achieved through it.

The Prime Minister asserted that Gujarat has always been on the road to development and the mantra for that has been peace. He ended the message appealing once again to the people of Gujarat to uphold the values of democracy and shun violence in all forms.

Curfew has been clamped in parts of Ahmedabad, Surat and Mehsana districts and security stepped up in the wake of violence and state-wide bandh called by agitation leader Hardik Patel for today.

Members of Patel community had 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.

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.

More than 50 incidents of violence were reported from Ahmedabad city where buses, police posts and private vehicles were set on fire while police personnel were also attacked at some places.

(With agency inputs