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Patels’ stir hits normal life in Gujarat

Normal life was paralysed as schools,colleges, business establishments including banks and public transport remained closed in Gujarat in view of the bandh call given by Hardik Patel after his brief detention on Tuesday (August 26).

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Normal life was paralysed as schools,colleges, business establishments including banks and public transport remained closed in most places in view of the bandh call given by 22-year-old Hardik Patel after his brief detention on Tuesday (August 25) when he was protesting for quota at the GMDC ground in Ahmedabad.

Vadodara City buses were suspended as Patidars called bandh in Gujarat, Wednesday (August 26). (Source: Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

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Curfew was clamped in parts of Ahmedabad and other major cities in Surat, Mehsana, Rajkot, Jamnagnar and Patan across the state.

A closed market during a bandh called by Patel community in support of their demand for reservation in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

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About 5,000 paramilitary personnel were rushed to Gujarat in the wake of violence. Rejecting suggestions that the protesters started the violence last night, Hardik Patel accused the police of trying to "disrupt" the "movement" at the behest of the political establishment and and said the agitation will intensify in the coming days.

Violence continues unabated in Ghatlodia area of Ahmedabad as crowd torch a bike on Wednesday (August 26), a day after the Patel rally. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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A mob of around 1,000 people burnt two warehouses of Surat Municipal Corporation in Udhna area of the city. Bikes, buses and vehicles were torched at many places in the city, Surat control room police officials said.

Agitators on Wednesday took to damaging railway tracks at Ghatlodia area in Ahmedabad after the Patel rally. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Police officials trying to clear the obstruction from the railway tracks at Ghatlodia area in Ahmedabad. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Tension prevailed in major parts of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and in North Gujarat region, a day after violence erupted following brief detention of Hardik Patel.

Members of the Patidar community took to streets to shut shops in Vadodara as they call Gujarat bandh on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

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Sporadic violence was reported across several parts of Gujarat on Tuesday night after the brief detention of Hardik Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) (PTI photo)

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Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Hardik Patel organised a mega rally in Ahmedabad demanding the state government for reservation for the Patidaar community in jobs and education (PTI photo)

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The trouble began soon after the rally, when Hardik proceeded to sit on a hunger strike. Police said the protesters only had permission to hold a rally at the GMDC ground till 5 pm, and asked them to vacate the place. When the crowd resisted, police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse them. (PTI photo)

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Police lathi charge on Patidar community members during their Kranti Rally for reservation at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad on Tuesday (PTI photo)

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A bus set on fire in Surat on Tuesday by people after the arrest of Hardik Patel (PTI photo)

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A biker moves past a burning vehicle set on fire in Ahmedabad. All schools in the city have been declared shut on Wednesday. “We are terribly disturbed with what is happening in the state,” said Additional Chief Secretary, Home, P K Taneja.

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Along with vandalization of public vehicles, houses of several BJP ministers were attacked. (PTI photo)

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Policemen patrolling a street in Ahmedabad on Tuesday to nab people damaging vehicles after the arrest of Hardik Patel (PTI photo)

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Mobs torched a public bus in Bhuyangdev area, pelted a fire brigade team with stones and vandalised a BRTS bus at Gota. Stone pelting was also reported from Chandkheda, Naroda and Bapunagar areas in Ahmedabad (PTI photo)