Twenty-three-year old Hardik Patel, leader of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) which has been agitating for reservation under the Other Backward Classes category, and his close associates, however, would continue to face sedition charges.

The initiative to bridge the gap between the government and the Patels was taken by several leaders of religious trusts of the community. The religious trusts' leaders held a series of meetings with ministers and later the chief minister herself, following which the government decided not to oppose bail applications of the detained PAAS leaders in various courts.

Hardik Patel and at least six PAAS leaders are in custody since October with the government opposing their every move in various courts, including the Supreme Court. Offering an olive branch to the agitating Patels, the government also agreed to meet the entire medical expenses of all those injured in police firings and baton charges during the reservation stir from the chief minister's relief fund. Compensation would also be paid to family members of those killed in the police firing following protests after Hardik Patel's arrest following the August 25 rally in Ahmedabad.

The family members of Mayur Patel, who was hit by a bullet on August 25 and who succumbed to his injuries after 122 days in hospital, received a cheque of over Rs.24 lakh. This amount included the more than Rs.14 lakh his family had spent towards his futile treatment.

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