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Posted at: Mar 20, 2017, 5:42 PM; last updated: Mar 20, 2017, 5:42 PM (IST)

Hardik Patel, 59 others booked for rioting at BJP corporator's house

Hardik Patel, 59 others booked for rioting at BJP corporator's house
Quota agitation leader Hardik Patel. — File photo

Ahmedabad, March 20

Hardik Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, and 59 people have been booked for alleged rioting at a BJP corporator's house here in the wee hours on Monday, police said.

Eleven people have been arrested so far in this connection. Police are on the lookout for Hardik and the other accused, they said.

The Patel quota agitation leader, who was booked in two sedition cases in Ahmedabad and Surat and is currently out on bail, allegedly trespassed into the house of Paresh Patel, the BJP corporator in Vastral, in the city, at around 2 am along with 59 others, police said.

The group was upset as one of their members, Kunal Patel, was arrested yesterday for allegedly posting an objectionable message on the social media, an official at Ramol Police Station said.

The group allegedly vandalised Paresh's house and even set on fire a BJP flag as they reportedly believed that the FIR was registered at the behest of Paresh, police said.

An FIR was filed against Hardik and others under Sections 147 (rioting), 142, 143, 149 (unlawful assembly), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, he said. — PTI 


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