November 2, 2019 5:59:46 am
The Narmada police arrested 10 people from Kevadia village for protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event — with regard to land aquisition for development projects — on National Unity Day held at the Statue of Unity, on Thursday. According to the police, the accused villagers pushed and threatened the police personnel who had reached the village to keep a check on the law and order situation.
As per a complaint filed by a constable who was on duty in that area, he had received information about the protest and reached the village, along with his team. A group of 10 villagers were seated on a small hillock close to the Narmada river and were protesting by raising slogans, he said in his complaint. When the policemen approached them, the villagers allegedly pushed them and threatened them to leave the village and let them continue with their protest.
The villagers were identified as Jayesh Tadvi, Jignesh Tadvi, Ishwar Tadvi, Nanubhai Tadvi, Ratilal Tadvi, Jyotindra-bhai Tadvi, Sachinbhai Tadvi, Jigneshbhai S Tadvi and tribal activists from the area, Lakhan Musafir and Sudanshu Mitra.
The 10 accused have been booked under IPC sections 147 (Punishment for rioting), 143 (Whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation).
“We had to check that no law and order situation was created in the area during the National Unity Day celebrations. Our police team had reached Kevadia village after information of an ongoing protest. When our team reached there, they were pushed and threatened by the villagers. An offence was registered against them and they were subsequently arrested because of their behaviour,” a police official said.
Similar protests were held in 2018 when the Statue of Unity was inaugurated.
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