Gujarat elections: Jignesh Mevani given police protection, Dalit leader calls it a surveillance ploy

"Today, I have got a commando with a machine gun, though I did not ask for it. When I asked (the policeman) if it was for surveillance, he said yes sir. This speaks a lot of the current situation in the state," Mevani said

By: Express News Service | Updated: November 6, 2017 3:52 am
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Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was accorded two armed police personnel for his protection on Sunday, which he said was a government ploy to keep a track of his activities. However, Gujarat police said the deployment was done considering the present political dynamics of the state and the ‘threat level’ against Mevani.

Addressing a conclave – Young Thinkers’ Meet – at Pritamnagar Akhado in Ellisbridge area on Sunday, Mevani said he had got police protection without even asking for it. “Today, I have got a commando with a machine gun, though I did not ask for it. When I asked (the policeman) if it was for surveillance, he said yes sir,” Mevani said, adding, “This speaks a lot of the current situation (in the state).”

Mevani also lashed out at the Vijay Rupani-led state government and said he was ready to reach an “ideological comprise” to defeat the “daitya BJP (devil – BJP)”. The Dalit leader also said he did not mind joining hands with Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel or Alpesh Thakor (OBC leader who recently joined Congress) to defeat the BJP despite differences with their communities.

Speaking to reporters, Mevani said he had never sought any protection and yet was provided proactively, suggesting that it was done to keep a track of his movement. He said other youth leaders like Hardik might also be given such protection.

While Hardik could not be reached, his close aide and spokesperson of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) Dinesh Bambhaniya said so far no police officers were deployed. “But on Saturday night, I got a call from a police official who inquired about me, Hardik and Alpesh Kathiriya (PAAS convener from Surat). The officer asked about our current residences and places where we spend majority of our time. He said it was for providing police protection,” Bambhaniya said.

When asked if there was any specific threat perception with regard to Mevani, Patel and other youth leaders, Ahmedabad police commissioner A K Singh said, “As such there are no specific (inputs), but dynamics of (current) politics may make them a subject matter of controversy and there is a possibility…We have the responsibility to provide protection to whoever we think could become a target…We have made the arrangements based on general possibility.”

Singh said full deployment was yet to be made but police personnel have been kept ready for protection of anybody who is vulnerable to violence.

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  1. R
    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    After Gujarat elections, no one will hear about these three castist thugs Mevani,Hardik and Alpesh! Congress will create some new characters after four years or resurrect them a year or two of next elections in its never ending attempt to win some respectable number of seats so that it scan send at least one RS member from Gujarat! Imediately after this, they will jump to Karnataka creating some equivalent of Hardik there in Lingayats to do again caste politics to divide Hindus, especially Lingayats as they are big supporters of BJP. This divide and ruin Hindu community is stated goal of congress along with the evil forces of mula-missionary-marx axis of evil. Otherwise all these anti-India forces will be extinct once for all!
    1. I
      Nov 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm
      If he doesn't like security then let hem die.
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        1. B
          Bharat Maa
          Nov 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm
          Oh, So BJP is offereing protection from its own party leaders who may kill the dalit leader. what else these goons Shah and feku can do.
          1. P
            proud to
            Nov 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm
            If protection is not given and somebody kills him you will be the first person to blame BJP killed himand BJP did not give him protection.
            1. S
              Nov 6, 2017 at 8:57 pm
              for this ..police should first ask .. if something wrong happens , they could say that they have asked .. but he refused .. but withoud asking they deployed .. ??
            2. R
              Nov 6, 2017 at 9:24 pm
              like commies in Karnataka killed Gauri Lankesh or Kalburgi to blame RSS/BJP. Mevani could be a target of congies to create controversy and make dalits to believe that their youth member was killed by RSS/BJP. Every onw remembers that even RS member of CPM from WB Ritabrito Banergee also said his own party CPM may kill him.. This is the politics of 'seculars' and BJP government is doing right thing so that 'seculars' wont eliminate their own 'useful id!0ts' to create a controversy! As such in congress apart from nakli Gandhi family members, no one else including some former 'maharajas matter! Every one else is a disposable stuff for nakli Gandhis...
            3. P
              Nov 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm
              Jignesh Mewani ,Alpesh Thakur,Hardik Patil are only indulging in dirty caste politics,they just want their caste reservation,nothing more.Why can't they form a united front, decide among them selves how much each wants percentage of reservation and fight elections rather joining hands with robbers Vatican Dynasty Party which hates Gujratis particularly Patels. These OBC Dalit leaders have lowered the prestige and dignity of their community and have touched the feet of white Vatican Prince in Kuttappa style. It is sad and shame that they could not liberate themselves from the shackles of their traditional mindset.
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                Bharat Maa
                Nov 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm
                bhakts, BJP is doing for years the same caste and relgion politics in Gujarat. is religion and caste politics monopoly tradmark of BJP. feku is feeling the pinch of it in his äss.
                1. प्रमोद
                  Nov 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                  Please reply the BJP cast politics instances. Talking about Hindu is not caste politics. Call me Bhakth but i am not BOTS
                  1. P
                    proud to
                    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm
                    Who are you? Congress Chamcha or terrorist Muslim?
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