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Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani arrested by police and later refuses to seek bail

Mevani was arrested along with his associates of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch for blocking a road demanding an under-construction building of the Gujarat University law department after B R Ambedkar
Jignesh Mevani

Dalit leader from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani was arrested on Thursday in connection with a two month-old-case charging on damaging public properties, rioting among others during an agitation in Ahmedabad. He refused to seek bail like the previous time when he was arrested.

He was arrested along with his associates of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch for blocking a road demanding an under-construction building of the Gujarat University law department after B R Ambedkar. Later he was lodged at Sabarmati Central Jail.

Mevani and his three associates refused to seek bail when presented before a magistrate. They were sent to Sabarmati jail. The Dalit leader was arrested in connection with  a case of damaging public properties, rioting among others.

Mevani was informed of the arrest only when only the police produced him before a magistrate late on Wednesday night. “Mevani informed me about his arrest from a cell phone of a policeman that too after the court chided the policemen for not informing the lawyer,” said Mevani’s advocate Shamshad Pathan to Indian Express.

The Dalit leader who shot to fame after Una flogging incident refused to seek bail again and sent back to jail. Jan Sangharsh Manch and Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch are staging a dharna in support of him, the leader said. Reports suggest that they are also likely to request Mevani to seek bail.

The 35-year-old leader has been leading the Dalit movements in Gujarat after four Dalit boys were paraded and flogged in Una for allegedly consuming cow meat. The video of the torture created a huge uproar across the country.

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