Congress chief Hardik Patel, two occasion MLAs and round 27 of their supporters had been on Wednesday detained whereas they had been on strategy to Palanpur district jail in Gujarat to fulfill sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, police stated. Bhatt, who was in June awarded life sentence in a custodial demise case, is presently lodged on the Palanpur district jail.
Hardik Patel, the Patidar quota agitation spearhead who joined the Congress earlier this 12 months forward of the Lok Sabha polls, was detained as quickly as he and different occasion leaders entered Palanpur to go to the jail to fulfill Bhatt, Banaskantha’s Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar stated.
“We were expecting law and order issues at the jail in Palanpur, so we detained around 30 people, including Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs from Palanpur and Patan and their supporters, when they entered Palanpur to go to the sub-jail to meet Bhatt,” he stated. The 2 MLAs who’ve been detained are Mahesh Patel of Palanpur and Kirit Patel of Patan.
The sacked IPS officer’s spouse Shweta Bhatt on Tuesday introduced she’s going to accompany her husband’s supporters (most of them ladies), who wished to tie ‘rakhi’ to him, to Palanpur jail, the police official stated. “Hardik Patel said he will also accompany her. While Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife has been allowed to go to meet him as she is a family member, we have detained the others,” he knowledgeable.
Sanjiv Bhatt was in June this 12 months awarded life sentence in a custodial demise case relationship again to 1990 when he was posted as a further superintendent of police in Jamnagar district. On September 5, 2018, he was arrested in one other case, the place he’s accused of falsely implicating a person for alleged possession of medication in Palanpur in 1996. The trial within the case continues.
Some folks not too long ago launched a social media marketing campaign in his assist and sought rakhis, which they stated will likely be handed over to him. The Gujarat-cadre officer was suspended from the Indian Police Service in 2011 and sacked by the Union Ministry of Residence Affairs in August 2015 on grounds of “unauthorized absence from service”.
In 2012, his spouse unsuccessfully contested the state Meeting ballot on Congress’ ticket in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad. Sanjiv Bhatt made headlines when he alleged in an affidavit earlier than the Supreme Court docket that after the Godhra practice burning incident of February 27, 2002, Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, at a gathering requested senior cops to let the bulk neighborhood vent its anger.
The Particular Investigation Group appointed by the apex court docket to analyze the 2002 riots concluded that Bhatt, being a really junior officer then, was not current on the assembly.