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Gujarat HC directs cops to probe alleged provocative speech of Hardik Patel during mega rally

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has asked the city police to conduct probe into the allegedly provocative speech of Patel agitation leader Hardik Patel during the 25 August ‘mega-rally’ of the community here and register a case of sedition if required.

Justice JB Pardiwala on Tuesday directed the Vastrapur police here to investigate the allegation that the 22-year-old leader made `seditious’ speech on that day.

Hardik Patel in a file photo. PTIHardik Patel in a file photo. PTI

Hardik Patel in a file photo. PTI

The order came on a petition filed by Narendra Gadhvi of Gandhidham in Kutch district seeking Hardik’s prosecution for alleged sedition.

Gadhvi, who filed the plea through advocate RK Rajput, claims that the Patel leader had on August 25 appealed to the community-members to reach the national capital and bring road and rail traffic to a halt. He also provoked the Patels to take law in their hands, he alleges.

Police refused to accept his complaint so he moved the court, said Gadhvi. The HC asked the police to conduct an inquiry and disposed of the petition.

Hardik’s lawyer, Babu Mangukia, today filed a plea seeking recall of the High Court’s yesterday’s order, saying his client wasn’t heard on the issue and he hadn’t committed sedition.

This petition is likely to be heard tomorrow.

The agitation of Patel community for reservations had turned violent after the August 25 rally and claimed the life of 10 people including a police constable across Gujarat.


Gujarat police lifts ban on mobile internet services imposed after Patel rally

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police lifted the ban on mobile internet services from midnight of Tuesday-Wednesday, a day earlier than what was originally planned, officials said here on Wednesday.

The ban on mobile internet had been imposed last Tuesday (25 August) when the Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had organised a mammoth rally of around a million Patel community members seeking caste-based reservations in education and jobs.

Hardik Patel along with his supporters during the rally. PTIHardik Patel along with his supporters during the rally. PTI

Hardik Patel along with his supporters during the rally. PTI

The rally ended with violence which lashed the state for the next two days and claimed 10 lives, besides hundreds getting injured and property worth several crores of rupees damaged or destroyed in the aftermath.

With a view to curb rumour-mongering and transfer of alarmist or inflammatory material, messages and pictures, the state government had banned mobile internet services.

This had blocked social networking sites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter on mobile phones that are commonly used for transmitting messages on the move by the people.

Earlier, the ban was imposed till Wednesday (2 September) but after a comprehensive review of the situation on Tuesday, the ban was lifted a day in advance.

The temporary ban was implemented in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and other cities and towns hit by the violence last week.


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