"Everybody knows that Narendra Modi first became Chief Minister of Gujarat taking the benefit of 2002 riots and then become Prime Minister of the country," Hardik Patel said in a letter addressed to Modi accusing him of being responsible for the carnage.

"Many Patidar youths have been sentenced (by courts) in riots cases. I have given a list below," he said in the letter. Patel is at present residing in Udaipur, as he has been asked to stay outside Gujarat by the State High Court as part of one of his bail conditions.

"All these Patel youths are rotting in jails of Gujarat. Modiji is now Prime Minister. He can recommend to the President for release of Patel youths involved in riots and get them released," Hardik said in the letter.

"But, I know Modiji will not do that as he wants to show the country and the world that he is a secular person. Modiji has misused Gujaratis and particularly Patidars," Hardik alleged. He then goes on to give a list of various riots cases and number of youths convicted by courts in this connection. A year back, Hardik had started his agitation with a demand for inclusion of his community in the OBC category for reservation.

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