Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel was detained by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on Sunday ahead of protest called by Patidar leaders. According to reports, Hardik Patel and other Patidar leaders were detained while they were on their way to Nikol to take part in a one-day hunger strike over the issue of reservation. It comes a day after Hardik Patel requested Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to allow Patidar leaders to hold a one-day protest in Nikol area of Ahmedabad.
Earlier, the authorities had denied permission to Hardik Patel and other Patidar leaders to hold a protest in Ahmedabad. To push the demand of reservation for Patidar (Patel) community in jobs and education, Hardik Patel had announced that from August 25 he will launch an indefinite hunger strike at a ground in Nikol area in Ahmedabad.
On Saturday, Hardik Patel made it clear that if an alternative place for his August 25 gathering was not made available, he and his supporters would observe a fast sitting in their cars in the parking area of Nikol, Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Referring to the fast observed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other party leaders over the low productivity and continuous logjam in the Parliament on April 12 this year, Patel said holding protest is the fundamental right of every citizen under Constitution.
He added that despite our assurance of maintaining law and order in the area, the authorities were not granting permission to our protest in Nikol area of Ahmedabad.