Surat: Patidars disrupt BJP event, set buses on fire; Hardik Patel threatens agitation

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Surat: Patidars disrupt BJP event, set buses on fire; Hardik Patel threatens agitation

Members of the Patidar community set two buses on fire in Surat after cops arrested their community members for disrupting a BJP Yuva Morcha rally. Community leader Hardik Patel has demanded the immediate release of the arrested youth.

Tension griped Guajrat's Surat Tuesday night after members of the Patidar community allegedly set two buses on fire in the city's Hirabag Chowk area.

The Patidar youths' action was preceded by the arrest of around 10-15 members of their community and a tweet by Hardik Patel, in which he threatened to embark on a 'road of revolution' if the detained men weren't released.

According to the latest reports coming from the city, members of the Patidar community were remained in the Hirbag Chowk area and were created a ruckus.

Patidar youths protest against Vijay Tankar Sammelan by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Surat,set bus on fire.Police lathicharged protesters pic.twitter.com/pHdDIKaJTw

- ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2017

The acts of setting the buses on fire were seemingly prompted by the Surat Police placing under arrested more than 15 members of the Patidar community.

The youngsters were detained for disrupting a BJP Yuva Morcha rally earlier in the day. Cops resorted to lathi-charge before arresting more than 15 Patidars.

Following the arrest, community leader and the face of the Patidar agitation that swept Gujarat a couple of years ago, Hardik Patel demanded that the arrested youth be immediately released. "If the youth aren't released at the earliest, then Gujarat will witness a revolution," Patel said in a tweet posted in Gujarati.

(More details awaited)