Hardik Patel claims he was arrested in Jaipur, cops deny

Hardik Patel has claimed in a tweet that he was arrested in Jaipur, while the police says the Patidar leader was only escorted.

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Jaipur, Dec 23: Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Friday claimed that he was "arrested" in Jaipur, but the Jaipur city police have denied it, saying he was only escorted.

Patel earlier said he was arrested on landing at the Jaipur airport but the police officer told him that it was done as a precautionary measure as there were risks to his life.

Hardik Patel

"Jaipur police cited threats to my life as the reason," Patel said and added he was "taken into custody". He even quoted an unnamed senior police officer as saying that there were "orders from above" to "arrest" him.

However, the police in Jaipur have denied any such arrest.

"We neither arrested nor detained him. We only provided him escort as there were some security concerns," Jaipur (East) Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumwar Rashtradeep told IANS.

"He (Patel) is now on his way to Udaipur where he is living for the last couple of months and has already crossed Ajmer district. If we would have arrested or detained him, would it be possible for him to tweet," the police officer said.

IANS

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