On the eve of an anticipated face-off between the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and BJP in Surat on Thursday, posters welcoming BJP national president Amit Shah, chief minister Vijay Rupani and others, put up by the Patidar Abhivadan Samaroh Samiti (PASS) led by diamond businessman Mahesh Sawani, were torn in the Patidar-dominated Varachha area of Surat, Wednesday. The city saw heavy police deployment to prepare for Thursday’s event scheduled at PP Sawani high school in Abrahma area.
The Hardik Patel led PAAS, is on a war path with PASS, a body of Patidar businessmen, set up to felicitate BJP leaders on Thursday. Many of the PASS members were once supporters of PAAS, and had intermediated for them with the government, at the peak of the quota agitation.
Surat police has begun investigations and is going through the CCTV footage at various junctions to identify the accused.
Apart from this, a temporary arch and posters at Navjivan Circle in Bhatar to welcome BJP national president Amit Shah and other BJP leaders were also vandalised by notorious elements on Tuesday night.
Talking to the Indian Express PASS leader Mahesh Sawani said, “These notorious activities are being done by Congress workers who are with PAAS. They have torn our posters hanged at various places in Varachha area and are creating disturbances. The Patidar community people have full faith in me as they know that we work to unite the community and not to divide the community. The Congress councillors who are with PAAS are playing active role to oppose our felicitation program and they are using Patidar community to disrupt the event.”
Varachha police inspector C K Patel said, “Till now no such complaint has been filed in the poster-tearing incident in Varachha area, but we have started probe from our side to find out the notorious elements behind this entire incident. The situation in Varachha area is normal and there is nothing to worry. Large number of police force had been deployed at various places and even police mobile patrolling van had patrolling round the clock.”