Ahmedabad , Aug 19 : Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel along with other Patidar leaders were detained by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch on Sunday while they were on their way to Nikol to observe one-day hunger-strike in protest against the Gujarat government for refusing to provide a venue for him and his supporters to launch a protest for reservation for the Patidar community from August 25.
According to the police, Patel was organising the protest and hunger strike without prior permission from the authorities.
“Acting in an unconstitutional manner, the state government has in the last two months failed to provide us a venue to launch our fight for farmers and social justice. We will be sitting on a token day-long fast onboard vehicles on Sunday, at Parking Zone ground in Nikol (Ahmedabad),” Patel said in a social media message.
On social media, Patel had announced the one-day hunger strike for Sunday protesting against the Gujarat government refusing to provide a venue for him and his supporters to launch a protest at a ground in Nikol area to press the demand of reservation for the Patidar (Patel) community from August 25.
Hardik has written a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, seeking his intervention for necessary permissions to hold an indefinite fast from August 25.
The authorities have not granted police permission, nor have they allocated a ground for his protest despite repeated applications, he said in an open letter to Rupani.
Patel said protesting is citizens’ “fundamental right under Constitution” and referred to the fast observed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and others over the logjam in Parliament on April 12 this year.