Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel had allegedly instigated his communtiy to adopt violent means to “wage war” against the Gujarat government, the FIR filed by the state police says.
The 27-page FIR filed by the city crime branch against Patel and five others under serious charges of sedition includes transcripts of their various telephonic conversations and speeches in which they allegedly instigated the agitators.
The complaint against the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders is for inciting violence in the state on August 25-26 and even after that.
“The conversation made by some members of the core committee of PAAS and the agitators clearly shows that they had been instigating Patel community and asking them to attack and burn public property and also asking them to wage war to overthrow the duly elected Government of Gujarat,” reads the FIR which was filed on Wednesday by ACP K N Patel.
“The spate of violent acts that ensued in Ahmedabad city since August 25 clearly reveal a pattern and design getting its corroboration from the earlier speeches made by Hardik Patel and also from the transcripts of conversations of the other accused persons,” it said.
It charges them under IPC sections 121 (waging war against government), 124 (Sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) and 153-B (assertions prejudicial to national integrity).
Others who have been charged include Chirag Patel, Dinesh Patel, Ketan Patel, Amrish Patel and Alepsh Kathiria. Two of the PAAS members Dinesh and Chirag were arrested on Wednesday.
“Further acts of omission on the part of Hardik Patel and other accused persons belonging to PAAS prima facie establish that the entire agitation of seeking reservation for the Patidar community was never the intended purpose of PAAS,” said the FIR.