Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani detained, says he ‘was pulled out of car’ in uncivilised manner


Dalit leader and the newly elected independent MLA in Gujarat, Jignish Mevani, has alleged that he was pulled out of his car in ‘ a very uncivilised manner’ by the state police, who later took him under their custody.

Jignish Mevani
File Photo: The Indian Express

The official Twitter handle of Mevani tweeted, “Jignesh Mevani was pulled out of the car in a very uncivilised manner , his car keys were broken and detained by the police while on the way to a peaceful protest at Ambedkar statue in Sarangpur, Ahmedabad. The protest was organised to meet the demands of deceased Bhanuji family.”

In the video going viral, Mevani is seen engaged in a heated conversation with police personnel in plain clothes, who are seen trying to stop his car from moving ahead. An agitated Mevani is seen shouting at his driver to keep driving while also admonishing the policemen to remember that he was an elected representative.

Mevani was on his way to Ahmedabad to protest against the death of Dalit activist Bhanu Vankar, when he was detained by the police. Vankar had attempted self-immolation in Gujarat on 15 February. He had later succumbed to severe burn injuries a day later.

Vankar’s body is kept at a hospital in Ghandhinagar, where the state’s BJP government has deployed Rapid Action Force.


  1. Attacks on dalits i Gujarat are increasing and there has been no effort to address the issue. It is regrettable that Mewani is not being allowed to protest


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