Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Tuesday appealed to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace and not to indulge in activities disrupting law and order across the state in light of the violent protests by members of the Hardik Patel-Patel community across the city.
“I urge people to refrain from spreading and believing any rumours and support state administration in maintaining peace and harmony across Gujarat. My sincere appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace and not to indulge in activities disrupting law and order across the state,” Patel said on Twitter.
She also said that her government will set up an inquiry to find out the truth behind the protests and that action will be taken against the guilty.
“Have asked Police Commissioner to carry out thorough investigation in series of events and appropriate action will be taken against the guilty,” she added.
Protesters demanding OBC reservation had earlier set two motorbikes on fire and damaged public property at Shahibaug area of the city after the release of their leader Hardik Patel.
The protestors also damaged public property and set a bus on fire in Surat. Patel, who was leading the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti in its protest, was detained after police used lathi charge at the protest site.
Hardik Patel was hastily released by the police after seeing the soaring violence by the rally participants.