Even as Army was called in to control the situation in Gujarat, the death toll in the violence across the state has risen to nine as the Patel community continues the agitation demanding OBC status and reservation benefits. The violence started on Tuesday after Hardik Patel, the 22-year-old leader of the agitation was arrested.
According to reports, five people died on Tuesday in Ahmedabad, two of them allegedly in police firing after protesters clashed with cops. Two other were killed in Palanpur area of north Gujarat on Wednesday, both allegedly in police firing. Earlier, Patel also called for a State wide bandh on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel appealed to people of Gujarat, which has been witnessing violence , to cooperate in ensuring peace and harmony in the state even as he asked governing agencies to establish law and order at the earliest. “I appeal to all the people of Gujarat to cooperate in ensuring peace and harmony. Law and order must be established at the earliest,” AICC general secretary Patel, who hails from Gujarat, said in Twitter.