Quota violence: Two ATMs burnt, Rs 48 lakh turned to ashes

Violence broke out in Surat and other parts of the state, after the brief detention of Patidar Anamat Andolan Committee convenor Hardik Patel from GMDC ground in Ahmedabad on August 25.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published: September 8, 2015 1:50:07 am
Patidar protesters set buses on fire at the depot in Udhna area of Surat city. (Source: Express Photo) Patidar protesters set buses on fire at the depot in Udhna area of Surat city. (Source: Express Photo)

Three more police complaints related to the Patidar riots were lodged at different police stations in Surat, of which one was about two ATMs loaded with Rs 48.31 lakh cash being burnt by a mob in Sarthana. Other complaints were with regard to damaged BRTS properties.

Violence broke out in Surat and other parts of the state, after the brief detention of Patidar Anamat Andolan Committee convenor Hardik Patel from GMDC ground in Ahmedabad on August 25. Several private and government properties were targeted by the mob in Surat. Twelve police stations were affected in the city where over 51 police complaints were lodged against the mob.

Over 120 people were detained or arrested. Sarthana police station area was badly affected in the violence which started on the night of August 25 and continued till August 27. Several buses were set on fire and vandalised by the mobs. BRTS bus stops and buses were also damaged.

ATM booths at various places in Sarthana were also damaged. Mehul Rawal, a resident of Katargam area, lodged a complaint at Sarthana police station alleging that hundreds of people had entered Shree Hari Shopping complex at Tulsi Hari society in Sarthana, between August 25 and 26 and damaged two ATM booths.

The security guards posted there had fled the spot. The mob tried to take out cash from the machines but failed, eventually deciding to set fire to both the centres. Rs 26.57 lakh in an HDFC ATM and Rs 22.13 lakh from an SBI ATM centre was burnt in the process.

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