Hardik Patel announces agitation in Surat today, cops on their toes to maintain peace
The city police have stepped up vigil since Saturday after getting specific information that many groups may once again resort to violence and target police chowkies.
In two days of violence sparked by the Ahmedabad police’s crackdown on Patidar leaders at GMDC ground on August 25, unruly mobs had torched four police chowkies Patel-dominated Varachha.
Policemen were seeing carrying out a security drill in areas like Varachha, Kapodra, Sarthana, Amroli, Khatodara and Padesara. Sources said that the cops have tightened their network to find out purchase of inflammable material and are maintaining a close watch on petrol pumps.
On Thursday last week, two petrol bombs were hurled outside Varachha police station from a flyover. The bombs exploded in air and no one was injured. The petrol bomb bottles contained spikes and bearings to cause maximum damage.
Petrol pumps have been strictly instructed not to give fuel in bottle or containers. Details of recent bulk purchases in containers have also been collected by police from petrol pump within city and in outskirts. Police also gathered information of some individuals doing suspicious activity and they are under watch.
Meanwhile, bandobast around sensitive police stations in eastern parts of the city has been increased.
Police are also on alert following the funeral procession of Shwetang Patel, who allegedly died in police custody in Ahmedabad. Many Patidar youths participated in the procession. funeral.
Meanwhile, Patidar community leaders called a meeting in Varachha with an aim to spread the message of peace in the city. Sources also said that Patidars are planning an all-women peace rally in some violence-hit areas.
The five companies of paramilitary forces deployed in the city are also staying put and police are taking their help to maintain tight bandobast in violence-affected areas.
“The situation is under control but the paramilitary forces will stay for some more days. After reviewing the situation, they will be sent back,” said C R Parmar, special police commissioner, range I.