Gujarat MLA and Dalit politician Jignesh Mevani, was detained by Gujarat Police, on Tuesday for protesting inaction against police sub-inspector PR Solanki in connection with the lynching of Amrabhai Boricha, a 50-year-old Dalit resident of Ghogha, Gujarat.
“This is a shameful day for anti-Dalit Gujarat government. But for us, it is a moment of pride to be detained on Bhagat Singh’s Shaheed Diwas!,” said Mevani who represents the Vadgam Assembly constituency.
Reports say more than a thousand Dalit activists were also detained from across Gujarat.
“1000+ Dalit activists have been detained across Gujarat! Welcome to the illusion called Vibrant Gujarat!” tweeted Mevani.
On 2 March, Amrabhai Boricha, a 50-year-old Dalit resident of Sanodar in Ghogha taluka of Bhavnagar, Gujarat, was killed by a group of upper-caste Hindus, in the presence of policemen, and despite the fact that Boricha had, prior to the fatal attack, complained to the police sub-inspector about threat to his life.
Mevani was evicted from the Assembly twice last week after he demanded arrest of the police sub-inspector.
He pointed fingers at the Minister of Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja and later to the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, questioning whether they had any relationship with Solanki as he was not arrested, and had displayed a placard expressing the same in the house.