13/01/2016 3:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Hardik Patel Sent To Police Custody Till 15 January

Hardik Patel, a popular leader of Patidars, a farming caste group, gestures as he speaks with media at his lawyer’s office in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.The Patidars, also known as the Patel community for the last name they share, are demanding the same special status given to many minorities in India, guaranteeing them a share of government jobs and school placements. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

VISNAGAR -- A local court in Visnagar town of Mehsana district today sent quota leader Hardik Patel in police custody till 15 January in a case of rioting and assault registered against him six months back.

Hardik was produced before the judicial magistrate A N Patel at his residence in Visnagar midnight yesterday by Mehsana Police, which sought five-day remand of Hardik. After arguments, the magistrate sent Hardik into three-day police custody in an early morning order.

On 11 January, Visnagar Police had taken custody of Hardik Patel from Lajpore jail of Surat after acquiring transfer warrant and took him to Mehsana in a case of rioting and assault, lodged against him on 23 July in Visnagar police station.

Hardik was lodged in Lajpore Jail since last three months, as he faces two sedition cases, one at Surat and another at Ahmedabad.

Hardik is one of the accused in an FIR filed at Visnagar on 23 July, when a rally of Patel community seeking reservation turned violent, resulting in damage to property and assault on some media persons.

Later, a complaint of rioting, damaging property and assault was filed against Hardik and seven other Patel leaders, who were present during the rally.

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