Gujarat clashes kill 8; Army stages march

Ahmedabad, (DHNS): The Army and 5,000 personnel from paramilitary forces descended on Gujarat on Wednesday after the violence that marred the Patel community’s agitation for OBC status left eight dead, including a policeman, and scores injured.

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Curfew was imposed in several parts of the state and Internet connectivity was curbed to stop unwanted and unwarranted exchange of messages on social media.

“Among the civilians who lost their lives, five are from Ahmedabad and two from Sabarkantha district. All of them succumbed to police firing,” a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity.

A constable succumbed to injuries sustained during stone throwing in Surat. Large crowds continued to gather on main roads and streets across the state, including in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Patan, Mehsana, Kalol, Himmatnagar and Palanpur.Reports of crowds burning government property, blocking national highways, removing railway tracks and targeting offices of several BJP leaders continued to pour in throughout the day.

The residence of state Home Minister Rajni Patel, Law Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, Morbi MLA Kantilal Amrutiya and Unjha MLA Naranbhai were targeted.The situation remained fluid during the day as reports of state government moving in paramilitary forces for deployment to various cities and towns continued to pour in till late in the evening.

Rumours add fuel

The situation took an ugly turn as reports of police atrocities started floating around. There were reports of policemen entering residential complexes in one part of the city, beating people and damaging vehicles. This led to a fresh bout of violence across the state. The Army had to be brought in to Ahmedabad, as well as Mehsana and Surat, to conduct a flag march and restore confidence among the people.

While one part of Ahmedabad continued to burn, the other part came to a complete stop the second day in a row. Though political and religious leaders pleaded with citizens to maintain peace, the situation remained tense across the state.

The state government has ordered educational institutions to remain shut till Monday. The trouble began on Tuesday night after the detention of 22-year-old leader of the agitation, Hardik Patel, after over a million members from the Patel community took part in a “Maha Kranti rally” demanding OBC status and reservation.

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  1. This agitation in Gujarat is far serious and destructive based on the news. M. Modi’s magnanimous decision to erect an highly expensive statue of Sir Vallabhai Patel costs over Rs. 2000 crs of the tax-payers money to enlighten the Patel community has been totally ended up in a disarray after watching this totally unexpected turn of events in his own State where he was the CM for three terms. 31% of the electorate of India casted their votes for Mr.Modi, based on the massive advertisement displaying the paradise creation in Gujarat in the highways and some cities. Some of the BJP leaders like Mr. Modi-Amith Shaw and Srimathi Irani will have to drop their great plans and must return to their home State to solve this problem at the earliest. The Gujarathi political clique is controlling the steering in New Delhi, let them first solve the Gujarathi internal strife at first.

    Another peaceful march would be emerging in New Delhi very shortly to show their damaged confidence and frustration. Hope and trust that the police won’t mishandle them, thus spreading the news around the world.

    Mr. Modi’s next royal visit as planned to visit the Silicone Valley in California next month to bring billions of dollars in Foreign Direct Investment from the rich people of Indian origin is now under some serious challenges due to this Patel community hurricane created.

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