Patel agitation: As it happened on Monday

A bandh call has been given by Patel protesters for Monday, for the entire state of Gujarat to protest against Sunday's police action.

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 00:54

Ahmedabad: Situation started to turn normal in Gujarat on Monday, a day after a 'jail bharo' agitation by Patel (Patidar) leaders turned violent.

18 April 2016, 17:28 PM

One of the vacant properties of Rajni Patel (Gujarat Home Minister) set on fire by Patidar agitators in Mehsana.

18 April 2016, 16:34 PM

There has been violence. A person committed suicide. There have been lathi charges by the police. After such a major agitation, it is unfortunate that the Guj CM allegedly said that such agitations are a daily affair. It is indeed unfortunate that a State Government has taken such an insensitive stance on a major agitation. The Gujarat CM should have tried to find a solution to this agitation, rather than brushing it aside: Congress. 

18 April 2016, 16:33 PM

There is disorder spreading across the country. In Gujarat, there is a Patidar movement. More than half of Gujarat has shut down. Basic services like mobile connectivity and internet services have been shut down: Congress.

18 April 2016, 12:30 PM

A 27-year-old youth, Bhavin Mansukh Khunt of Surat, has reportedly committed suicide by poisoning himself, to express solidarity with the Patel agitation for reservation, reports ANI.

Also Read: Patel quota violence - Youth commits suicide in Surat

18 April 2016, 12:29 PM

Reports say the Gujarat government is likely to hold talks with Patel community leaders later today, a day after violence was witnessed in Mehsana and other towns.

18 April 2016, 11:47 AM

School and colleges are open and everything is in line. Situation in area is now peaceful - Mehsana Collector Lochan Sehra

18 April 2016, 11:46 AM

18 April 2016, 11:35 AM

18 April 2016, 10:52 AM

Congress says instead of mocking the Patel agitation, CM Anandiben Patel should sit and talk to the protesters.

18 April 2016, 10:41 AM

18 April 2016, 10:04 AM

100 police personnel have been deployed in Surat district's Dang.

18 April 2016, 10:04 AM

ANI reports that two companies of State Reserve Police have been deployed in Valsad, one each in Navsari and Surat rural, and six have been deployed in Surat city.

18 April 2016, 10:01 AM

News agency ANI confirms that Section 144 has beem lifted from Mehsana.

18 April 2016, 09:29 AM

As per NDTV, curfew has been lifted in Mehsana where violence was witnessed on Sunday. However, tight security remains in place in major cities of Gujarat with Internet services having been blocked on mobile phones in Ahmedabad, Surat, Mehsana and Rajkot till at least this evening. However, schools and colleges are open today.

18 April 2016, 09:27 AM

As per reports, five policemen were also injured in Sunday's clashes.

18 April 2016, 09:26 AM

While Patel leaders have given a bandh call for Monday, no fresh violence has been reported since Sunday afternoon, when clashes took place between protesters and police.

18 April 2016, 09:24 AM

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress has demanded CM Anandiben's resignation. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said "the government has failed in the state".

18 April 2016, 09:22 AM

Ahmedabad: Gujarat remains on edge on Monday, a day after a 'jail bharo' agitation by Patel (Patidar) leaders turned violent.

A bandh call has been given by Patel protesters for Monday, for the entire state of Gujarat to protest against Sunday's police action.

Patel protesters were marching towards prisons as part of the 'jail bharo' agitation on Sunday in Mehsana to demand the release of their leader Hardik Patel, who has been in jail since October last year on charges of sedition, when they were stopped by police.

The situation soon turned violent with the police resorting to baton-charge and firing of tear gas shells to stop the protesters from marching forward.

Authorities were then forced to impose curfew and deploy the Border Security Force (BSF) in Mehsana. Besides, police and paramilitary forces were also deployed in all north Gujarat towns, including Ahmedabad and Surat - both known strongholds of the pro-quota Patels.

Violence was witnessed in Surat as well on Sunday.

More than 1,000 agitators from the Patel community in Mehsana and over 500 in Surat were taken into preventive custody as large crowds gathered near the district jails in both places in defiance of prohibitory orders.

Authorities suspended Internet services and mobile phone applications till Monday morning in Mehsana and other north Gujarat towns after the violence to prevent the spread of incendiary information.

During the violence on Sunday, unruly mobs also attacked the camp offices of Minister of State for Home Rajni Patel and Health Minister Nitin Patel, who is also the head of the committee of seven ministers constituted by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to hold talks with the two Patidar outfits -- Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Sardar Patel Group (SPG).

The two ministers were also targeted during the violence on the night of August 25 last year following police action at a massive rally in Ahmedabad.

The agitators also set on fire an FCI godown and a state government building in Mehsana, and torched a sub divisional magistrate's vehicle and a state transport bus.

Two buses of the Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) were attacked with stones in Patidar-domiated Ghatlodia area of Ahmedabad. A group of Patels also blocked the Bhavnagar-Talaja highway in Saurashtra region.

SPG convener Lalji Patel sustained head injuries as his supporters pelted stones at policemen. Gujarati TV channels quoted police as saying that Patel was hurt in the stone-throwing and not baton-charge.

Lalji Patel along with his supporters was also taken into preventive custody.

The SPG and the PAAS have been agitating for reservation for Patels in government jobs and educational institutions under the Other Backward Classes category.

The SPG had earlier announced its second round of agitation if its demands were not met by April 17.

Reacting to the violence, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel sent across a clear message: "Our government is for the people and not for agitators."

She issued a statement asking people to maintain peace and harmony and not get waylaid by rumours.

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