The jail bharo agitation by Gujarat’s powerful Patidar community turned violent in Mehsana, prompting the beleaguered BJP government to impose internet ban in several parts of the state including its financial capital Ahmedabad and Surat.
Residents in Ahmedabad complained of receiving letters from the local police about the order to ban mobile internet services.
Patel protesters, meanwhile complained of police brutality with gory images of agitators being soaked in poll of blood being shared on social media platforms.
Visibly unaffected by the large-scale violence and impeding crisis, the chief minister Anandiben Patel, appeared flippant about the goings on.
Responding to media’s questions on Sunday,the chief minister said, “Shaanu Andolan chaale chhe” (for what the agitation is going on?)”
The reporters, according to DeshGujarat website, reminded her that “Jail Bharo Andolan is going on.” To which Anandiben responded, “Let (them) run agitations. Our task is just and just to serve (the people).”
Many residents in Ahmedabad have reacted angrily to Anandiben’s ‘insensitive’ comments even in the midst of a law and order crisis in the state.
One activist in Ahmedabad said, “It’s unbelievable that a state’s chief minister would be so insensitive to the issue as big as Patidars’ agitation. She appeared to say she wasn’t aware of the goings on, but in reality it’s her flippancy that’s costing the state dearly.”
Social media users have been sharing gory images of alleged police’s brutalities against Patel community members. jantakareporter.com is not posting them because they are too graphic in nature.
Media reports said that police had to use lathicharge and fire teargas shells on the agitators who allegedly engaged in stone-pelting.
According to PTI, Patel protesters had gathered at Modhera crossroad as part of the `Jail Bharo’ agitation announced by the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), one of the prominent groups seeking OBC quota for the Patel community.