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Gujarat limps back to normalcy; curfew lifted

Heavy deployment of paramilitary forces continued in all the areas hit by violence. Photo shows school students celebrating Raksha Bandhan with security personnel who remained on duty in Surat on Friday.  

Authorities on Saturday lifted curfew from all affected parts of the State as no major incident of violence was reported for two days after the Patel quota agitation turned violent early this week.

Ahmedabad District Collector Rajkumar Beniwal said five companies of the Army which were called in to control violence will be sent back by today.

Top developments:

1 “As no violence was reported in the state, curfew has been lifted from all the parts of the State, where it was clamped on August 25,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), P.P. Pandey told PTI.
2 In Ahmedabad, curfew has been lifted from all the nine police station areas as the situation remained completely peaceful for around two days, officials said.
3 Heavy deployment of paramilitary forces continued in all the areas hit by violence that had began from August 25 after Hardik Patel was detained by the city police.
4 The Gujarat High Court on Friday told the State government that restoration of peace should be on high priority.
5 The State government submitted that it proposes to take action action against the errant officers. The court then directed the state to report to the court what action it plans to take on September 3, next date of hearing.
6 Hardik Patel threatened to intensify the agitation and decided to rope in Gujjars for support.
7 “I am heading towards Delhi to meet the leaders of the Gurjar agitation to take their help to intensify our agitation in Gujarat,” Hardik Patel said.
8 The 22-year-old said his sole objective is the inclusion of Patel community in the OBC category and not the abolition of the quota system but ruled out negotiations on the issue.
9 Hardik Patel has warned the BJP that “lotus would not bloom” in the next Assembly elections if their demand is not met.
10 BJP president Amit Shah will be in Ahmedabad on Saturday for the first time after the big rally held by those agitating for Patidar reservation and the police crackdown which led to the death of 10 people.

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