August 31, 2015 1:22:43 am
The Sardar Patel Group, one of the outfits spearheading the Patidar agitation for OBC status, on Sunday announced “asthi yatras” of nine people from the community killed during the widespread violence in Gujarat last week.
The group, which recently objected to Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convener Hardik Patel’s confrontational ways, also decided to take up the cause of Patel youths who were either killed or injured, or arrested during the violence sparked by the Patidar agitation in Ahmedabad last Tuesday.
“We are planning to carry out asthi yatras of the nine deceased from Mehsana, Ahmedabad, Palanpur and Dehgam. We will keep law and order in mind,” said Raju Patel, the outfit’s spokesperson.
On providing help to the families of the victims and those arrested, he said, “Our immediate priority is to provide financial help to the families of injured and deceased. Then we want to provide legal aid to the Patidar youths who have been lodged in jail following the violence.”
He said people who share their concern, including Hardik, would be invited to join the procession. Asked about Hardik’s announcement to take the Patel agitation to the national level, Raju said: “He (Hardik) can take a decision on his own and as per his understanding.”
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