Hardik Patel Defiant, Says Even Gujarat CM Cannot Stall Protests

Hardik Patel will continue the protest after getting out of jail. He is being tried for sedition.

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Hardik Patel, convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), brandishes a sword presented to him at a function organised by Gujjars in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

The Patidar community quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel, who is behind bars in two sedition cases, will resume agitation once he is released from the jail and even Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel cannot stop him.

Patel said this on Monday as he was being produced before a court in Surat.

Whenever I will come out of jail, I will engage in our movement to get reservation. Till then I will spend my time in jail. The agitation will continue as per our plans and no one can stop it, not even my aunt (Anandiben Patel).

Hardik Patel, Convenor of Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS)

Judicial Magistrate J B Rathod’s court also handed over a copy of the charge sheet filed against Patel in the first sedition case on Friday last to his lawyer Yashwant Vala.

The district court has transferred Patel’s case to the Surat sessions court. The next hearing will be held on 20 January.

Also read: Hardik Patel Charged With Sedition Over ‘Kill Cops’ Remark

In the 370-page charge sheet, Hardik has been charged under sections 124(A) - sedition, 115 (abetment of offence) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC.

Along with the chargesheet, the police have also attached conversation of Hardik and others acquired through telephone interception.

A case of sedition was slapped against him in October last for his alleged controversial instigating a community youth to kill policemen instead of committing suicide.

Also, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch had filed a second separate case of sedition against Hardik and five of his associates.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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