Jaipur police denies arrest of Hardik Patel, says he was only escorted

Hours after Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel in a tweet on Friday claimed that he was "arrested" in Jaipur, the city police have rubbished the claims, saying he was only escorted.
Hardik Patel
India TV Politics Desk Jaipur December 23, 2016 16:54 IST

Hours after Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel in a tweet on Friday claimed that he was "arrested" in Jaipur, the city police have rubbished the claims, saying he was only escorted. 

Patel earlier said he was arrested on landing at the Jaipur airport but the police officer told him that it was done as a precautionary measure as there were risks to his life. 

The move came in the wake of the Gujjar community in the state threatening to launch a fresh agitation demanding creation of a Special Backward Classes quota for increased reservation benefits. Patel had extended his support to the agitation. 

 

However, the police in Jaipur have denied any such arrest. 

"We neither arrested nor detained him. We only provided him escort as there were some security concerns," Jaipur (East) Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumwar Rashtradeep told IANS. 

"He (Patel) is now on his way to Udaipur where he is living for the last couple of months and has already crossed Ajmer district. If we would have arrested or detained him, would it be possible for him to tweet," the police officer said. 

Earlier this week, Patel had announced that he would restart the agitation for Other Backward Class (OBC) status next year.

He had said that this time when the agitation begins, they will be an uproar and said that they would continue to fight till the end.

 

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