Hardik Patel gets bail; told to stay out of Gujarat for six months1 min read . Updated: 08 Jul 2016, 06:48 PM IST
Gujarat high court has also asked Hardik Patel to surrender his passport
Ahmedabad: Hardik Patel, leader of the Patel quota agitation, has been granted bail by Gujarat high court, and asked to stay out of the state for six months.
The court has also asked him to surrender his passport.
Arrested in October 2015, Hardik was slapped with two cases of sedition after his agitation turned violent in July 2015.
He was first arrested by Surat police after a video in which he was heard asking a distressed Patel youth to kill “a few policemen instead of committing suicide" went viral.
Subsequently, Ahmedabad police arrested him and his aides for trying to topple the state government using violent means.
In July 2015, Hardik launched the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) to demand reservations in educational institutes and government jobs for the Patidar community, which enjoys no quota benefits as its members are considered to be upper caste.
After a massive rally in Ahmedabad on 25 August 2015, in which more than half a million Patel community members participated, the agitation turned violent in which a dozen persons were killed in police firing while one police constable was also killed in clashes in Surat.
The state authorities had to impose curfew and the army was called in to restore peace in the state.