Notwithstanding appeals for peace by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, 22-year-old Hardik, who is spearheading the agitation, yesterday upped the ante asking farmers of his community not to supply essential commodities like vegetables and milk to cities and support the demand for reservation in jobs and education under OBC quota.

He also demanded compensation of Rs 35 lakh each for the families of his community members who died in the violence.

The issue rocked the Gujarat Assembly with Speaker suspending 54 Congress MLAs amid bedlam over it. Three Congress MLAs were absent while Leader of Opposition Shankar Sinh Waghela remained seated. Congress has 58 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly.

The Army, which has been deployed since yesterday, conducted flag marches in Ahmedabad to instill confidence among the people in the wake of the violence. The Army has been also deployed in Surat and Mehasana.

Rail traffic remained totally disrupted as protesters have uprooted tracks in at least eight places, a senior official said.
Curfew has been lifted from Surat city after no untoward incident was reported from there since Wednesday night.

A man from Nikol area of Ahmedabad city identified as Manish Valadia, who was injured during violence, died yesterday in a private hospital, police officials said, taking the toll to 10.

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