Strict orders enforced hours before Hardik release


Patidar reservation stir leader Hardik Patel is all set to release from jail today. Hours before his release from the Central Jail in Surat, police has enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code or CrPC.

An immense roadshow will be addressed by Hardik Patel to celebrate the release after nearly 10 months of inprisonment.

The police have given permission for the roadshow but they had not allowed Hardik Patel for a public meeting.

CM Anandiben Patel will also attend the roadshow as well as she will visit the city to unveil development projects.  

The strict security arrangements have been done by the Gujarat government.

“My humble appeal to the people of Gujarat is that law and order should be maintained … and this should be the responsibility of volunteers of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti,” Hardik Patel wrote.

Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in the city that prohibits assembly of more than four people in an area till September 12.

“Moreover, in a bid to maintain law and order in view of upcoming festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Bakri Eid and Independence Day strict security arrangements will be done in the city by the government,” Surat police commissioner Ashish Bhatia said.

BJP MLA Nalin Kotadiya has told Patidars to join the roadshow in large numbers to “show strength without fear and inhibition”.

As per the bails conditions imposed by the Gujarat High Court, Hardik  Patel would also visit “several sensitive areas” in Surat, Ahmedabad, Viramgam, Saurashtra and north Gujarat regions in 48 hours before leaving the state.

According to Patidar sources, “Taditional white kediyu-choyni usually worn by farmers in Gujarat has been sent to the Lajpore jail along with a pair of black Pathani sandals for Hardik to wear on Friday when he comes out of jail around 11 am.”

“After coming out of jail, Hardik would ride an open jeep escorted by 30 motorcycles and followed by a rally of cars”, Malaviya said.

“Patel would not only meet members of the Patidar community, but also gaurakshaks in Sachin and Muslims in Unn areas”, the sources said.

“We haven’t got permission for a public meeting at Yogi chowk. We have only permission for the rally. The rally will end at Laxmi Farm in Nana Varachha,” said Vishal Vasoya, a Samiti leader.

Moreover, Hardik would visit his home town Viramgam on  Saturday morning, where his family members have planned a function to honour him.