Clashes between Patel community members and local residents were reported in Vadaj, Vastrapur, Nikol and Paldi areas when they tried to enforce a bandh called by their community leader Hardik Patel after their mega rally.
In Vadaj area, when groups of Patel community members on scooters and bikes tried to enforce the bandh, local residents of Dalit community resisted which resulted in clashes and stone-pelting between the two communities, police said.
"Police lobbed a tear-gas shell and also baton-charged crowd when two groups of Patels and Dalits clashed with each other," city control room's Police Inspector D R Dhamal said. The protesters of Patel community allegedly vandalised shops and buses in the area near Vadaj Police chowk and later had a scuffle with Dalit community members, Dhamal added.
Large groups of Patel community youths went around on various roads of the city on their two-wheelers wielding sticks to enforce the bandh.
Reacting to the protest's violent turn, Hardik Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti who is spearheading the agitation, said, "The police have done wrong by beating protesters of the Patel community in Paldi and Mansi cross road in Vastrapur”.
"They were taking out rally peacefully, when the police resorted to lathi-charge. The government should now be ready to face the worst result," he warned.


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