#HardikPatelGaayab : Where is Hardik Patel?
22-year old Hardik Patel who is spearheading the massive agitation seeking Patel community reservation has gone missing. Patel had on Tuesday evaded arrest following a police crackdown on a public meeting in the Aravalli district while 17 other protesters were arrested for disobeying prohibitory orders. The protest was being held at a time when Section 144 was in place.
Habeas corpus petition has been filed in the Gujarat High Court demanding that police should produce Hardik Patel in court. The court had heard the matter late on Tuesday night in Ahmedabad.
After Hardik addressed the meeting at Tenpur village, the police tried to detain him but he fled in a vehicle, a senior police officer said. “Hardik held a public meeting in Tenpur village in Bayad taluka without taking prior permission. As we came to know about it, our police team went there to detain him but he ran away from there to evade detention,” Inspector General of Police Hasmmukh Patel said.
After the incident, police have put up barricades on roads in Gandhinagar, Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts and intensified combing operation in the region to detain him, the IG said. “We did not arrest him during the meeting because we did not wish to create a friction with local people present there,” the officer said.
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The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti is planning to launch a women’s wing soon. We have made hundreds of WhatsApp groups consisting of Patidars. This has been done to spread awareness and update our daily activities, Surat PAAS convenor Alpesh Katheriya Said.
Alpesh Katheriya added, We are also conducting public meetings in different residential societies during night and emphasising on larger participation of women. We have also planned to hold a mega public meeting this week in Surat.
Hardik Patel will address the meeting wherein large number of women and girls will remain present. We have started pad work for launching a women’s wing of PAAS.
The creation of this women wing comes at a time when more and more women have been participating in the agitation with rolling pins and plates.
According to PAAS members, a mega public meeting scheduled to be held this weekend in Surat is expected to see more women participation.
Alpesh Katheriya said, We have planned a mega meeting of five lakh Patidars, if there is no rainfall this week-end. Hardik will address the meeting that will be organised in a Patidar dominated area.