Police control room officials said no major violence was reported in the state overnight barring a few incidents of stone pelting.

A constable of Chowk Bazaar police station, Dilip Rathore, who was injured in clashes with protesters in Dabholi area, succumbed at a private hospital, taking the toll in the violence to nine.

Curfew remained clamped in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Mehasana, Palanpur, Unjha, Visnagar and Jamnagar towns. However it has been lifted in Patan.

Five columns of Army (75 personnel each) were deployed in Ahmedabad last night, while two each have been deployed in Surat, Mehsana and Rajkot, Army officials said today.

Train services have been affected as protesters have damaged tracks in at least eight places.

The violence started on Tuesday after a massive rally of the Patel community. Hardik Patel, who is leading the stir, had called for a state-wide bandh on Wednesday.

Six people were killed in firing by police and paramilitary forces, while two others died following clashes, police said. Four deaths were reported in Ahmedabad, three in Gadh village of Banaskantha district and one in Mehasana town.
Earlier yesterday, in a televised address in Gujarati, the Prime Minister appealed for peace and emphasised that all the issues can be resolved through talks.

Across Gujarat, a total of 133 companies of State Reserve Police as well as central paramilitary forces including CRPF and BSF had been deployed, according to Director General of Police PC Thakur.


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