Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel has accused the Udaipur police of wrongful confinement, a charge that has been dismissed by the police saying that they were just following orders of the Gujarat High Court. Patel has been living in former Congress MLA Pushkar Lal Dangi’s residence in Udaipur since July 17. While the Gujarat High Court ordered him to stay out of Gujarat for six months, Patel claims that the order has been misinterpreted by the Udaipur police.
In his complaint submitted to the Pratap Nagar police station recently, he alleged that on July 20, top police officials, including Inspector General, Udaipur Range, Anand Shrivastava, Udaipur SP Rajendra Prasad, told him that he “cannot move out of the house and they will not allow me to leave the house for six months placing reliance on the conditions of the judgment by Gujarat High Court”.
Patel said that he told them that “the High Court has granted me liberty to move freely outside the state of Gujarat and there is nothing in the judgment that I cannot move outside the house for the six months. But the police officials wrongly and deliberately with a malafide intention misinterpreted the conditions imposed upon me. The said police officers told me that I will be put under ‘house arrest’ and threatened me not to go outside the circumscribing limits of my temporary residence, otherwise I would have to face dire consequences.”
Subsequently, he added, that more than 20 police personnel led by the Deputy SP blocked his movements, starting with the same day. “That very evening, (they) confined me in the house by applying force,” he said.
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Patel has sought an FIR against police officials under IPC section 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement), 343 (wrongful confinement for three or more days), among other sections, at Udaipur’s Pratap Nagar police station. The complaint, however, was dismissed by the police.
“We are following the directions of the court to the word and our notice to him has been in writing,” Udaipur SP Rajendra Prasad told The Indian Express. “If we are not doing anything by the court’s order, they are free to get it in writing from the High Court,” Prasad said.