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Patel quota row: Patidar youth commits suicide in Rajkot

Umesh also wrote that his suicide letter should be sent to the state government. He wrote that he was helpless and till he was alive “Patidars would not get reservation”.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot/ahmedabad |
September 27, 2015 3:01:06 am

A 30-year-old youth from the Patidar community in Gujarat allegedly committed suicide Saturday for “not getting reservation”. He reportedly left behind a suicide note, holding the state government responsible. The youth, identified as Umesh B Patel, a resident of Punitnagar in Rajkot city, hanged himself at his factory in Rajkot. In the suicide note which police recovered, he wrote he “wanted reservation for himself and other poor Patidar sisters and brothers”.

The only son of his parents, Umesh wrote in the note, “I don’t have land, house or any money. If I ask for reservation, I get beaten up. I am not a son of Gujarat. There are so many Patidar brothers and sisters who have support, but I don’t have. I don’t have a brother or a sister.”

Umesh also wrote that his suicide letter should be sent to the state government. He wrote that he was helpless and till he was alive “Patidars would not get reservation”.

“I seek apology from all my brothers from the Patidar (community) because I could not remain with you in this agitation. My sacrifice should not go in vain,” states the note.

“Umesh allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his factory in Vavadi area in the city’s outskirt,” Sub-Inspector Nagjibhai Gardhara of Rajkot taluka police station said.

Gardhara said his body has been sent for a post-mortem examination to a hospital here and investigations are underway.

Before killing himself, Umesh also sent a message to Patidar youths on WhatsApp, “Please continue this fight for reservation. My sacrifice should not go in vain.”

[With PTI inputs]

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