FIR against Hardik Patel for waging war against state

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Hardik Patel  is facing the heat ever since he decided to take on the Gujarat government over quota reservations for Patels. A 27-page FIR had been filed by the city crime branch against Hardik Patel and five others under serious charges of sedition, which allegedly say  that the young quota leader had allegedly instigated his community to adopt violent means to “wage war” against the Gujarat government.

The probe agency has put transcripts of various telephonic conversations, and speeches of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) members, and its convener Hardik Patel, where in they had allegedly instigated the agitators of their community to wage war against the state government.

The complaint against PAAS leaders was for inciting violence in the state, on August 25-26, as well as post that.

“The conversation made by some members of the core committee of PAAS, and the agitators, clearly shows that they had been instigating the Patel community, and asking them to attack, as well as burn public property; they had also been asked to wage war, in order to overthrow the duly elected Government of Gujarat,” reads the FIR which was filed by ACP KN Patel of the city crime branch.

“The spate of violent acts that ensued in Ahmedabad city since August 25 clearly reveal a pattern and design getting its corroboration from the earlier speeches made by Hardik Patel and also from the transcripts of conversations of the other accused persons,” it said.

The city crime branch had  filed a second case of sedition against Hardik and five others, while charging them under IPC sections 121 (waging war against government), 124 (Sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (Assertions prejudicial to national integrity). Others who have been charged, include, Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Ketan Patel, Amrish Patel, and Alepsh Kathiria. Two of the PAAS members, Dinesh and Chirag, were arrested recently.

“Further acts of omission on the part of Hardik Patel and other accused persons belonging to PAAS prima facie establish that the entire agitation of seeking reservation for the Patidar community was never the intended purpose of PAAS,” said the FIR.

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