Jignesh Mevani, popular Dalit leader of Gujarat, was arrested by the Ahmedabad police from Sardar Vallabhai Patel Internatinal Airport on Friday evening.
Mevani had been on his way back from Delhi, after participating in the Dalit Swabhiman Sangharsh rally organised by a collective of Left parties and Dalit organisations.
He was reportedly arrested under the CrPC Section 151 ( arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences), as a preventive measure, as he had announced that Dalit protesters would disrupt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday events in Gujarat on Saturday.
Jignesh Mevani’s cousin Viral Mevani told that he was taken away by 15-20 policemen immediately after he came out of the airport, according to a report by Dalit Camera.
Dalit Camera also reported that he was detained in Gaikwad Haveli police station in Ahmedabad. Activists of ‘Una Dalita Atyachar Ladat Samiti’ has gathered there demanding an immediate release of Mevani.
Earlier on Friday, Jignesh Mevani addressed the Dalit Swabhiman Sangharsh Rally at Jantar Mantar and announced a rail roko’ protest on October 1.
“We, Dalits of Gujarat, demand 5 acre land for each. If denied, we will go for a rail bandh in Maninagar, Ahmedabad on October 1,” said Mevani in his speech.
Mevani’s arrest invites wide criticism against the Gujarat government.
Film maker Anand Patwardhan, activist Pratik Sinha and many others has expressed their concern over the incident through their social media posts.