On July 5, Hardik, Thakor, Mevani and the others had conducted what they called ‘Janata Raid’ at Makwana’s residence, claiming they were acting on “information” that contrymade liquor was sold there.
Kanchan, whose house was “raided” by the three leaders on Thursday, said that she was terrified by the manner her house was “raided”, and alleged that liquor pouches were “planted” in her house.
Alpesh Thakor, who has led anti-liquor agitations in the past, said the aim of the “raid” was to expose the police and the government’s “inaction” to curb alcohol menace in Gujarat.
Demonetisation and implementation of the GST were bigger “surgical strikes” than what was carried out by the Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Mevani alleged.
Mevani’s assistant, Kaushik Parmar had lodged a complaint with the police on June 6, alleging that he had received threat calls on the cellphone number registered under Mevani’s name.
At a protest, the activists raised question over how calls threatening to kill MLA from Vadgam Jignesh Mevani were purportedly made in the name of gangster Ravi Pujari.
In his complaint before Vadgam police, Parmar has stated that the alleged threat call came on the mobile around 4.15 pm Wednesday when he was in Vadgam.
Jignesh Mevani meets victim’s family; Rahul slams BJP, RSS for ‘manuvadi mindset’
A Dalit ragpicker, Mukesh Vaniya, was tied and beaten with a pipe by five persons after he was suspected of theft. A video of the assault went viral on social media.
The complaint addressed to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar includes as “documentary evidence” a photograph of the teachers, purportedly taken at an event in Ahmedabad that was attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi last November.
“I became more conscious, that more than reservation, I must speak for the sanitation workers who enter sewers, and landless agricultural labourers,” Mevani said.
Mevani was scheduled to deliver the speech at a function organised by Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar Jayanti Samaroh Samiti as part of Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary celebrations.
Expressing shock at the incident, Mevani said he was not allowed to talk to anyone and is now being forced to fly back to Ahmedabad.
Mevani had met Chief Secretary J N Singh on the issue while offering to withdraw the call, if the authorities ensure physical possession of lands in villages before April 14.
“What are all the Dalit and tribal MPs in the Parliament doing there? They should resign, build pressure on (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji. Why is he not bringing in an ordinance,” Jignesh Mevani said in a video message that was released on Monday.