Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel walked out of Lajpore jail in Surat on Friday, nearly nine months after he was arrested in connection with two cases of sedition and a case of violence at Visnagar MLA’s office during the quota stir last year.
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) has organised a road show to felicitate their convener outside Lajpore jail later on Friday.
PAAS had sought permission from Surat Police to organise a road show of Hardik in various areas of the city after felicitating him outside the jail in morning.
While granting the permission on Thursday Surat Police Commissioner Ashish Bhatia asked the organisers not to indulge in any activity which may cause law and order problem.
The Gujarat High Court granted the PAAS convener bail on Monday on the condition that he will stay out of the state for a period of next six months and will leave Gujarat within 48 hours after his release from jail.
Justice P P Bhatt on Monday granted bail to Hardik in the Visnagar mob violence case after the state government did not oppose his bail plea. However, the court imposed a restriction on Hardik that he cannot enter Mehsana district, in which Visnagar town is located, till the trial of this case is over.
The news of Hardik getting bail was welcomed by members of the Patidar community who broke into jubilation bursting crackers and distributing sweets. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) led by Hardik now hopes that his release will revive the quota agitation movement.
After his release, Hardik took to the streets and held a road show to celebrate his liberation.