Bhopal: Hardik Patel today got arrested on the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border while leading a march to Mandsaur to convey commonality with protesting farmers. Hardik is the man leading the Patidar agitation for reservation in government jobs and education in the last few years.
Mr Patel, 23, who was picked up by the police in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, said he has been arrested on the “orders” of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The police said he was violating the prohibitory orders in the area under Section 144, which bans the gathering of more than four persons.
The orders have been in place in the area since last week, when six farmers died when the police opened fire to control the crowd at a farmers’ protest.
“I am not a terrorist. I have not come from Lahore. I am an Indian citizen and have the right to go anywhere in the country,” Hardik Patel was quoted as saying news agency Press Trust of India.
He was accompanied by Janata Dal (United) leader Akhilesh Katiyar, who was also placed under arrest. The two were released on bail later and transported out of Madhya Pradesh in police vehicles.