‘Wrongfully’ put under house arrest in Udaipur, says Hardik Patel

Hardik Patel accused senior police officers, including the IG and the SP, of wrongfully confining him to his accommodation by misinterpreting the high court order.

By: PTI | Udaipur | Published:August 14, 2016 6:19 pm
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Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel has alleged he has been “wrongfully” put under house arrest by the Udaipur police, which dismissed the charge saying it was acting as per the Gujarat High Court order.

Hardik, 23, is living in Udaipur after he was asked by the high court to stay out of Gujarat for six months while granting him conditional bail in two sedition cases.

In a complaint filed with a local police station in Udaipur, Hardik accused senior police officers, including the IG and the SP, of wrongfully confining him to his accommodation by misinterpreting the high court order.

Hardik forwarded the complaint to Pratap Nagar police station by post and it was received a couple of days ago.

“The police officers have blocked my freedom, restrained my free movements, confined me and put me under the ‘house arrest’. They have wrongfully restrained me and prevented me to move in any direction beyond circumscribing limits of my house and confined me in the house by applying force,” Patel wrote in the compliant.

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He alleged the court order was being “deliberately, illegally and malafidely misinterpreted by Udaipur police.”

Hardik is staying at the residence of former Congress MLA Pushkar Dangi in Srinath Colony since July 17. He has been asked by local police not to step out of the house, except for going to the local police station to mark his presence weekly.

“The complaint was received a couple of days back and was initially put up for a probe but since everything is going as per the order passed by the Gujarat high court, the complaint was disposed of,” Deputy SP (Udaipur East) Bhagwat Singh said.

The complaint was against seven police officers including IG, SP, Additional SP, Deputy SP.

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