The standoff between the local police and a group of Jetpur residents intensified on Tuesday with several people beginning an indefinite fast demanding suspension of police officers for failing to nab drunken miscreants who allegedly went on a rampage in a residential colony on the New Year eve.
It all began when police arrested 48 persons from Dobaria colony in Jetpur town on the night of December 31 and booked them for rioting after they allegedly pelted stones at a police team,accusing it of failing to nab miscreants who created nuisance in the area in a drunken state.
All 48 arrested were released on bail on January 1.
On Monday,the textile town of Jetpur observed a bandh,with protesters demanding the transfer of the erring policemen. The agitation was backed by Congress MP from Porbandar Vithal Radadiya and BJP MLA from Jetpur Jasuben Korat.
On Tuesday,a group of protesters began a fast to press for their demands. They were led by Jetpur Nagarpalika president Suresh Sakhrelia and Dyeing and Printing Association president Jenti Ramolia.
Radadiya too threw his weight saying he would accept nothing short of suspension of the guilty policemen. Next time,if you are troubled by goons,do not call police,call me. I promise to reach within 20 minutes, the Congress MP said addressing a gathering.
The residents allege the police failed to nab a group of drunk louts who rampaged through Dobaria colony but instead rounded up 48 residents later for protesting against the incident.
Senior police officers,however,said the incident was given a political colour. Jetpur DySP P Kandolia said a police team was rushed to Dobaria Colony after complaint from residents and preliminary investigation showed no vehicles were ransacked.
Kandolia said the whole matter was about a man visiting the area with his friends to meet his love interest,who resides there. The police said many of the 48 arrested themselves were drunk.