Updated: August 26, 2015 3:53:39 pm
Three people died of injuries from Tuesday’s violence in Ahmedabad as curfew was imposed in nine police stations of the city. This, after mobs went out on the streets to close down shops, disrupt railway traffic and attack police institutions.
Hardik Patel leader of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had called for a Gujarat Bandh on Wednesday.
Police sources said two youths of Vastral and one of Ghatlodia succumbed to their injuries, further escalating the tension. The cities of Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Surat, and Mehsana and Patan districts were reported to be most tense. Shops, schools and business establishments remained closed as most events scheduled for the day remained cancelled.
Even as curfew continued in Surat city and Mehsana district, curfew was imposed on the Ghatlodia, Naroda, Sola, Bapunagar, Nikol, Ramol, Odhav, Saijpur-Bogha and Naranpura.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi put out a video message to keep calm, in Gujarati. He said, “We all know nobody can benefit by violence, in society unity is important, the way forward is for everybody to go together and participate in the development of the state and we have always strived to reach the last man by development. I urge my dear brothers and sisters of Gujarat there is only one mantra-peace.
Every problem is solved by dialogue. We have to abide by the limits of democracy. I once again urge every brother and sister of Gujarat to maintain peace.”
Surat city and Mehsana district continued to be under curfew.
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