Police launched a search for a 26-year-old Patidar youth who handed a note to a Varachha police inspector on Monday, threatening to hang himself in public if his demands for action against BJP activists and return of mobile phones seized from quota agitation leaders were not met in five days.
According to police, Vipul Desai went “underground” after he hand-delivered the note to Inspector C K Patel. The photograph of Desai, a resident of Surat and owner of a car-piston unit, giving the letter to C K Patel went viral on WhatsApp.
In the note, Desai said, over 400 BJP activists, including Surat mayor Niranjan Janjmera, gathered at Mangadh Chowk in Varachha (a Patidar-dominated area) three days ago to celebrate the announcement of an education package for the economically weaker section. Soon, clashes broke out and police resorted to lathicharge and firing teargas shells to disperse the crowd, the note stated, adding that more than 25 Patidar youths were arrested.
Police had also seized mobile phones of Patidar leaders after they were arrested from Mangadh chowk. Desai threatened to hang himself in publicly and said “Surat police will be held responsible for my act”.