In order to secure the release of Patidars languishing in jails — including Hardik Patel, the leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti — the members of the Patel community have decided to intensify their stir by organising “Jail Bharo Andolan” on April 17 in Mehsana. “A list of demands have been submitted to the Gujarat government at the beginning of this month. We have given them a month’s time to find a resolution to the reservation issue. If they fail to listen to us then, we will begin “jail bharo andolan” which we will begin from Mehsana on April 17. This is being done to secure the release of those Patidars whom the state government has put behind bars (under various charges, including sedition),” said Lalji Patel of Sardar Patel Group (SPG), one of the two groups agitating to seek reservation for Patidars.
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Patel said the event will be held under the banner of SPG and they will also have the support of PAAS. “We are organising this to release our brothers, most of whom are PAAS leaders,” Lalji added, addressing mediapersons on Monday evening. “The event at Mehsana will not be violent. The members of the Patidar community, including women, will gather at one place and court arrest,” he said. The SPG will be requesting CM Anandiben Patel to initiate detailed inquiry into the events of August 25, 2015 when about 10 people were killed during a public gathering in Ahmedabad. “Till now, little action has been taken by the government. Only two constables have been suspended and two police inspectors have been transferred. This happened after Shwetang Patel died in police custody. We want police action on the day to be investigated,” said Rohit Patel, another leader from the SPG.