Curfew was imposed on parts of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Mehasana, Patan, Palanpur, Unjha, Visnagar and Jamnagar towns. Five companies of the army were called out in Ahmedabad, while soldiers were also seen on the streets of Surat and Mehasana
The Centre also dispatched 5,000 paramilitary troops to the state after violence erupted on Tuesday evening in response to the brief detention of 22-year-old Hardik Patel, who is leading the Patel movement. The police fired tear-gas and lathi-charged his supporters as they protested his detention.
On Wednesday, as clashes were reported across the state of which he had served as chief minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued an appeal for calm.
Once again, I appeal to the people of Gujarat to maintain peace. Violence will never achieve anything: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 26, 2015
Here are some scenes from Ahmedabad on Wednesday morning.
KK Nagar, which is home to a large number of Patels, was completely shut down.
Banks and petrol pumps on Sola Road were closed. On Tuesday, crowds had targetted ATMs in the area.
Two buses were burnt on Science City Road.
Patidars roaming the streets.
Rioters smashed windows and glass panes in some parts.
Rioters walk through Ghatlodia.
Cars burnt near the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
All images by Aishwarya Iyer.
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