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Paanwala drops case against Keshubhai & Co

The paan shop owner from Junagadh who had filed a court complaint against former chief minister Keshubhai Patel,MJP chief Gordhan Zadaphia and 64 others others accusing them of inciting mob violence in which his shop was gutted withdrew his case on Wednesday.

The paan shop owner from Junagadh who had filed a court complaint against former chief minister Keshubhai Patel,MJP chief Gordhan Zadaphia and 64 others others accusing them of inciting mob violence in which his shop was gutted withdrew his case on Wednesday.

“Today,I withdrew my complaint following a compromise reached by leaders of Kathi and Patel communities. The court has disposed of the case,” said Bahadursinh Khuman,who own a paan shop in Bhesan town of Junagadh district.

Khuman had filed the case in Bhesan court on June 7,four days after his shop was torched allegedly by a rampaging mob of Patels,the influential community to which Keshubhai belongs.

“I am ready to bear losses and rebuild my paan-shop. As advised by my community leaders,we are now trying to maintain peace and harmony between the two communities,” said Khuman,who is from Kathi community,which is said to be a rival of Patels.

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In his complaint,Khuman had said that the roots of mob violence in Bhesan on June 3 was in the meet held by Leuva Patels on March 11 at Mota Kotda village near Visavadar where Keshubhai and others had allegedly made inflammatory speeches.

2nd case still alive

Though Khuman has withdrawn his complaint,a second court complaint filed against Keshubhai,Zadaphia and the same 64 others by another Bhesan businessman,one Vira Dhandhal,remains to be decided.

Dhandhal,whose tours and travels booking office at Bhesan was also set ablaze by the same mob,had filed a court case on June 18. He too had accused Keshubhai and others of giving provocative speeches with intent to cause riots and other related criminal offences.

Sources said the second complaint was filed on the same day when the settlement process with the first complainant had begun.

The June 3 rioting in Bhesan had begun hours after Bhupat Bhayani,a BJP councillor of Bhesan Taluka Panchayat,was shot at.

After the attack on Bhyani,nine shops were set ablaze at Bhesan.

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