Surat: Patidar protests leader Hardik Patel who was jailed for seditious activities and inciting riot in Gujarat was released from Lajpore jail on Friday to a hero's welcome by his supporters.
The Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had earlier declared that they would facilitate the release of their leader from jail around 10 AM on 15th July. As per the conditions mentioned in the bail, Patel will be travelling to various places for 48 hours prior to his departure for Gujarat for six months.
The Supreme Court has said that albeit Hardik is granted bail in cases of sedition against him, he will have to reside in Gujarat for the next six months.
Former leader of Patidar protests, Hardik Patel released from Lajpore Central Jail, Surat after 9 months pic.twitter.com/GwDafldGlm
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PAAS conducted a peaceful march in New Delhi ahead of Patel's release where members were seen wearing chains around their neck and hands to symbolise the struggle Hardik had went through.
"Our intention is not present Hardik as a villain. He is our hero and we all like him,' said the convenor of Surat PAAS, Dharmik Malaviya.
Starting of July 2015, the people of India's Patidar community, seeking Other Backward Class (OBC) status, held public demonstrations across the Indian state of Gujarat. The largest demonstration was held in Ahmedabad on 25 August and was attended by thousands, according to sources.