Firebrand Patidar reservation crusader Hardik Patel was sentenced to two years in jail by a Gujarat court in a 2015 riots case linked to the Patel quota movement.
Patel was found guilty of charges related to arson and creating a ruckus at a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA’s office.
A total of 17 people were named as accused in the case. A court in Gujarat’s Mehsana found three people – including Hardik Patel – guilty. Lalji Patel, the leader of the Sardar Patel Group, was also found guilty.
Apart from the two-year jail term, Hardik Patel has also been handed a Rs 50,000 fine. Lalji Patel has similarly been sentenced to two years in jail and fined Rs 50,000.
The case dates back to 2015 when reservation crusaders from the Patel community in Gujarat created a ruckus at BJP MLA Rishikesh Patel’s office.
Hardik Patel is one of the most prominent faces of the Patidar reservation movement, due to which there was massive state-wide unrest in 2015 in Gujarat.
News credit : Indiatoday