Continuing its populist announcements, Gujarat government on Wednesday declared to withdraw criminal cases registered under the provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and other relevant penal sections against 22 farmers of Sanand region in Ahmedabad district. Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja made the announcement in an official release.
Sanand police had registered the cases against 22 farmers on February 14 this year after a farmers’ rally had turned violent. The rally was carried out by farmers seeking irrigation water for their crops. Several policemen were also injured in the violence.
Declaring the decision to withdraw the cases, the official release said that water is a primary requirement for farmers and they had held the rally with a demand to get water for irrigation. So, despite the fact that many policemen were injured in the violence during the rally, the government had taken a pro-farmer decision to withdraw the cases. Aam Admi Party had taken up the Sanand farmers’ issue at the relevant time and had supported the rally. Infact, AAP leader Ashish Khaitan had met the farmers of Sanad region then.
After Patidars, this is another attempt by Gujarat government to pacify agitating quarters of the society. The government has already withdrawn 468 criminal cases against Patidars who are agitating to get an OBC reservation. In fact, the government has even shown readiness to consider withdrawing criminal cases of serious nature against Patidars. Patidar youth leaders like Hardik Patel, Dinesh Bambhaniya, Nikesh Ervadiya etc. are facing sedition cases registered against them by Gujarat government.