Patel row: Army out, PM Modi appeals for calm as 9 killed in Gujarat clashes

In Ahmedabad, the Army conducted flag march on five different routes in order to instill confidence among the people in the wake of violence triggered by the quota agitation by the Patel community.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: August 27, 2015 12:40 pm
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A police constable in Surat was among nine persons killed, six in police firing, Wednesday in a violent turn to the Patel agitation for OBC status and reservation in Gujarat. Authorities called in the Army and placed major cities and towns under curfew as violence spread and police battled mobs attacking police stations, government buildings and resorting to arson, stone-pelting and looting.

The Centre ordered 5,000 paramilitary personnel to Gujarat as Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm in his home state, saying “each and every issue can be resolved through talks”.

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Speaking in Gujarati on television, Modi said, “I appeal to all brothers and sisters of Gujarat that they should not resort to violence. The only mantra must be shanti.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and promised central help to deal with the situation. The Chief Minister also made a fresh appeal for peace.

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Patel Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel, the 22-year-old whose detention Tuesday after a mammoth rally in Ahmedabad sparked violence, blamed police and said the agitation for OBC status would be intensified. He claimed that police were cracking down on his “movement” at the behest of politicians.

Late Wednesday night, Patel said he was going to call off his fast for the “sake of peace”. In view of the bandh called by his organisation, schools, colleges, banks, business establishments remained closed at most places. Public transport was off the roads and the buses that plied were targeted by mobs.

In his statement to the people of Gujarat, the Prime Minister referred to Hardik Patel’s rally in Ahmedabad Tuesday and the violence that followed his detention. “Since yesterday, the type of atmosphere that is building up in the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, the manner in which violence is being used as a tool… we all know that violence serves no purpose.”

“We have always believed that the development of the state is possible only if we all walk together and stay united. It is my appeal to my brothers and sisters that the occasion calls for a single mantra — ‘peace’. Each and every issue can be resolved through talks,” Modi said.

“We all should follow the spirit of democracy. We must work together to solve problems through talks and to contribute in efforts to take Gujarat to new heights. This is my humble request to all the brothers and sisters of Gujarat,” he said.

The worst-hit appeared to be Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Mehsana. Two persons fell to police bullets in Palanpur. They were killed when police fired on a mob trying to torch the Gadh police station near Palanpur town.

In Surat, police constable Dilip Rathwa, 29, was reportedly killed in mob violence. “We got a call that the public had come out on the road… As we were marching ahead, the mob caught hold of Rathwa and pelted him with stones. They beat him with sticks and iron rods… We rushed him to hospital, where he was declared dead,” said Chowk Bazaar Police Inspector M N Chawda.

In Ahmedabad, a man and his son were killed in police firing in Vastra area — a mob snatched a service weapon from a sub-inspector, prompting police to open fire — while another succumbed to injuries in Sola.

Two persons were killed in Modhera and another lost his life in Bapunagar.

Curfew has been clamped in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Mehsana, Patan, Palanpur, Unjha, Visnagar and Jamnagar.

Officials said Army columns had been called to Ahmedabad city to control the law and order situation since violence had escalated. The Army will conduct flag-march on five routes of the city. Troops were also sent to Surat and Mehsana.

P P Pandey, Director General of Police (Law and Order), said Ahmedabad witnessed maximum clashes while Mehsana, the stronghold of the Patel community, remained volatile the entire day.

The Ahmedabad-Delhi Rajdhani and Ashram Express trains were cancelled in view of targeted attacks on trains in Ghatlodia and Chandlodia in Ahmedabad.

In Surat’s Kapodara area, police fired five rounds when a mob went to shut down a textile mill to ensure total bandh — this even as the area was under curfew.

In Dindoli area of Surat, a person was stabbed and there were clashes between migrants and Patidars. In some places in Surat and Rajkot, looting was reported. In Surat, a bank ATM was broken and looted.

Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthaana said, “Several incidents like torching of buses, and fire have been reported from the city. We have been on our toes since Tuesday trying to control the situation.”

In Vadodara, those targeted by the mob included BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt whose office in Nizampura was vandalized.

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First Published on: August 27, 2015 12:00 am
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    Aparna Tulpule
    Aug 31, 2015 at 4:43 pm
    The Patel economic benefits agitation brings reservations full circle. The Hindu caste system is a system of reservations, reserving the best professions for the higher castes and low-paid, hazardous occupations for the dalits. The policy of positive discrimination, called reservations, is actually de-reservation, throwing open education and all professions to all people. The upper caste are trying to take back their preserve through OBC quotas, restoring the original unjust sense of caste-reservations.
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      R Patel
      Aug 27, 2015 at 5:43 am
      I am Patel and I do not need any reservation and do not even support this. I wonder how people are even supporting this. What are we fighting for? And with whom, our own country men. Patel is a peace loving community.. For God's sake please remain that way.
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        HASMUKH
        Aug 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm
        Why Modi did not care such important scheduled agitation?Why did he not bother about this serious warning and challenge from his own State? Why does he keep mum and remain absent on crucial issues like Sushma's resignation in the parliament, increasing incidents of no-safety and rape cases of women, worsening state of law and order and several other very important matters? Why he is playing safe and heading for allowing lack of safety,order and peace in the country?We never expected this chaos , instability and ineffectiveness from him. He needs to introspect quickly or else transfer the power to some more efficient and powerful person like Rajnath , Sushama Swaraj !!
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          Rajiv
          Aug 27, 2015 at 6:01 am
          Wow! "Violence serves no purpose". Really? Hazaar chuhe khake billi haj ko chali
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            Vishesh Bhavsar
            Aug 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm
            You have earned the fame. Very well done . However, my father, mother, sister and I worked hard to earn the money, paid taxes, which your supporters have burnt without my consent. I need to know, how are you planning to restore it or pay me back for my loss?
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              marudhu
              Aug 27, 2015 at 1:00 am
              Where are babus, police and para military for restoring law and order, Ii is their primary charter. why call army., it is not their primary charter
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                Yogesh
                Aug 27, 2015 at 3:15 am
                Low life Patels - confirming their real OBC level
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                  Jeevan
                  Aug 27, 2015 at 7:42 am
                  Police called off good It could have batter if Guj govt Called off during 2002
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                    adf
                    Aug 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm
                    muslims are bound to remain so because they dont have a vision , they are (mis)guided by false leaders
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                      indian
                      Aug 27, 2015 at 8:30 am
                      what terrorists could not do in Gujrat, they did...
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                        BABA IYER
                        Aug 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm
                        hardik as became a hero, in gujarat. pm modi and bjp party are in tension and stress in delhi.best of luck, hardik patel.
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                          BABA IYER
                          Aug 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm
                          when govt of bjp and banks going to arrest vijay mallya, for looting banks and cheating public deposits.
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                            Amit Patil
                            Aug 28, 2015 at 12:43 am
                            Mr Hardik Patel should be put behind bars, because he is responsible for 9 deaths. Take him to custody and thappad maro usko..Tab akal aayegi. Look at the people who r protesting . proper jeans , shirts , rally with activa . Do they need reservation ? Aadivashi people , low economics people and child of farmers who are doing sucide needs reservation .
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                              avi
                              Aug 27, 2015 at 3:16 am
                              "ACCHEY DIN" HAVE ARRIVED FIRST IN MODI'S HOME STATE !
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                                Anonymous
                                Aug 27, 2015 at 5:49 am
                                Hi RP i really appreciate you. This kind of atude should develop in every indian. then nobody can destroy our country. The wrong policy of congress for more than 67 years ruined the country.
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                                  Anonymous
                                  Aug 27, 2015 at 6:59 am
                                  I agree, but economically deprived people can be given reservation with a limited time frame.
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                                    Anonymous
                                    Aug 27, 2015 at 7:15 am
                                    I think u r a commie. The communists never care about hindus. They care only about the so called minorities.
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                                      Anonymous
                                      Aug 27, 2015 at 4:52 am
                                      All issues can be settled through dialogue and peaceful ways, that is the beauty of democracy. Who will pay for the loss of life and property damaged. The hand of antinationals cannot be ignored in this agitation especially congress. Even the patel community should not support this thug. There should be an economic statistics throughout India, and weaker sections irrespective of caste should be given reservation only based on economy, and also for a limited period of time. Reservation based upon caste should end. Government should take a firm hand, otherwise, it is dangerous for India.
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                                        Anonymous
                                        Aug 27, 2015 at 4:54 am
                                        All issues can be settled through dialogue and peaceful ways, that is the beauty of democracy. Who will pay for the loss of life and property damaged. The hand of antinationals cannot be ignored in this agitation especially congress. Even the patel community should not support this thug. There should be an economic statistics throughout India, and weaker sections irrespective of caste should be given reservation only based on economy, and also for a limited period of time. Reservation based upon caste should end. Government should take a firm hand, otherwise, it is dangerous for India.
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                                          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                                          Aug 27, 2015 at 2:52 am
                                          Chickens of caste based reservation of hi and Ambedkar has finally come to roost.
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                                            Bipin
                                            Aug 27, 2015 at 5:52 am
                                            Why Modi has become Maun Modi, if he thinks everything can be resolved by talks...
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