‘I want to meet him’: Martyr’s ‘daughter’ pleads to meet Gujarat CM, stopped by cops

Vijay Rupani told the woman from the stage, “I will meet you after this programme”, but no meeting took place, officials said.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2017 13:19 IST
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Rupal Tadvi has reportedly been protesting for several years, claiming the government has not given her the land promised to her family after her father’s death. (Video screengrab )

The daughter of a ‘martyred’ BSF jawan was on Friday taken away by woman police officials after she rushed towards Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani during a rally in Kevadia Colony.

The tribal woman, identified as Rupal Tadvi (26), was known to the local police as she had been protesting for the last several years, alleging that the government did not give a piece of land promised to her family after her father Ashok Tadvi, who she said, was a martyred BSF jawan.

Rupani was addressing a rally when Tadvi, who was sitting in the audience, suddenly ran towards the stage and shouted, “I want to meet him..I want to meet him.”

Before she could go near the chief minister, woman police officials took her away. Rupani announced from the stage that “I will meet you after this programme”, but no meeting took place, officials said.

According to the local police, Tadvi and her family members had tried to breach the security cover around the chief minister in the past too.

“The family claims that the land promised by the government after the death of Ashok Tadvi has not been allotted. They have been protesting for long and we have to keep an eye on them,” a police officer said.

A video of the purported incident, showing Rupal Tadvi struggling to escape while being taken away by the police, was circulated online.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi posted the video of the incident on Twitter. “BJP’s arrogance at its peak,” he said.

When Rupal Tadvi is seen being taken away in the video, Rupani is purportedly heard slamming Gandhi in his speech.

Gandhi, who tweeted in Hindi, alleged that Rupani, whom he called a “param deshbhakt”, has shamed humanity by “throwing away a martyr’s daughter”.

“Patriot Rupani ji made (partymen) throw out the daughter of a martyr and has shamed humanity. The family got hollow promises instead of justice for 15 years,” he said.

First Published: Dec 02, 2017 13:19 IST