Hardik Patel, 59 others booked for rioting at BJP councillor’s house


The 24-year-old leader of Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS), Hardik Patel and 59 others were booked in a case of rioting at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councilor’s house in the wee hours of Monday.

According to police, Hardik and 59 others had gathered at House of Paresh Patel, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation councillor from Vastral at around 2.00 am. They had gathered there to protest against arrest of one of their associates Krunal Patel, against whom Paresh Patel had filed a complaint of posting an objectionable message on social media.

Patel and his associates allegedly set BJP flag on fire and the councillor in his FIR claimed that he was issued a death threat too. The police is learnt to have arrested 11 persons in the case and is said to be on the lookout for Hardik and his other associates.

Meanwhile, Krunal Patel, on being released on bail alleged that he was beaten up by the police.  PAAS, on the other hand, in a statement said that the gherao of councillor’s house was just a “trailer” and if need be they would even gherao chief minister’s house. PAAS led by Hardik is demanding reservation in government jobs and education institutes under OBC category since July 2015. 



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