Centre seeks full report on Gujarat violence

Centre seeks full report on Gujarat violence

The Central government is learnt to have sought a detailed report on the violence that followed the Patel community's “Maha Kranti Rally” for Other Backward Class (OBC) quota on August 25.

“The Centre is pretty serious about the matter. The report will have information on the Patel reservation stir over the past two months, the violence that erupted after the ‘Maha Kranti Rally’ and on those who led these rallies and the players operating from behind the scenes,” said a Gujarat government official. Meanwhile, Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Hardik Patel returned to Ahmedabad on Monday, after attending a meeting with Gujjar and Jat leaders in Delhi. 

Patel said the announcement on the next phase of the agitation would be made on Tuesday after discussion within the PAAS core committee on Monday. PAAS spokesman Chirag Patel said though the agitation received support from across the country, it would remain Gujarat-centric in the near future.

Another Patidar leader, Sardar Patel Group (SPG) convenor Lalji Patel, meanwhile said in future individuals would not be at the centre stage of the agitation that was for the rights of a community.

“We will support PAAS only if the Hardik Patel faction chooses the path of Mahatma Gandhi. We want to put our demand with the concerned authorities peacefully,” he said, adding that the SPG had formed a legal committee to secure the release those who had been booked by the police after the August 25 violence.

He also said August 26 would be celebrated as “Patidar Shahid Din” every year across the world from next year. Meanwhile, the Gujarat High Court on Monday ruled that since necessary steps had been taken as per its earlier orders, the court would cease to monitor the case related to the custodial death of 32-year-old Shwetang Patel.

Justice Pardiwala said it was now up to CID officials to carry out an in-depth and impartial probe. In an observation, the court said an impartial probe  would go a long way in restoring the people’s confidence in the Gujarat Police.

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