PAAS – Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convener Hardik Patel was detained while trying to take out his Ekta Yatra from Varachha Road in Surat on Saturday 19 September 2015. Patidar Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel was on Saturday night arrested in Surat for defying prohibitory orders even as Gujarat administration banned mobile Internet services across the state. Hours after 22-year-old Hardik was detained by police along with 35 of his supporters ahead of his Ekta March, he was arrested. An FIR has been lodged against him for violation prohibitory orders, police said. Hardik Patel is fighting intensely for the reservations for their Patidar Patel community to the OBC level. Hardik Patel who is just 22 years old easily gathered more than 5 lakh supporters for his agitation which created a sensation in India. The BBC termed Hardik Patel as the new face of Gujarat. Hardik Patel wants either the whole of the reservation system in India to be scrapped or the OBC reservation status be applied to the Patidar Patel community
Caste Reservation Agitator PAAS – Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti Convener Hardik Patel Arrested In Surat, Out On Bail
Hardik’s detention and later arrest led to vociferous protests by community members at some places. The state administration said the ban on mobile internet services in the state was to curb spread of rumours.
Hardik accused the Gujarat state administration of muzzling the voice of Patidar community after his detention.
Patel community members staged protests and tried to block roads at some places in Gujarat, police said.
“We detained Hardik Patel along with his 35 supporters from Mangadh chowk in Varachha area of the city ahead of their yatra today,” Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said earlier in the day.