Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani and activist Sagar Rabari were arrested by Ahmedabad Police on Tuesday morning, a day after they announced their plan to disrupt Vibrant Gujarat Global International Summit.
Mewani, convenor of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, and Rabari were arrested for violation of a notification under Section 144 of CrPC.
“I am arrested by Gujarat police for announcing to disrupt the vibrant Gujarat summit, a fraud of the country. Farmers leaders, Patidar leader and Dalits all arrested. If we want to do peaceful demonstration there is no scope, if we ask Modi ji how many jobs you could create through these vibrant Gujarat summit then there is no answer, if we say why fertile land of farmers is handed over to industries then, they dub us as anti-development. Land is available for business groups and corporates giants but not for Dalits and tribals, not for land less class…,” Mewani said in a Whatsapp message.
The police told media persons that the activists were arrested after an FIR was lodged against them on Monday at Vadaj Police Station.
Mewani has been kept at Gujarat University police station.
Earlier this week, Dalit leaders in Gujarat had threatened to block the routes leading to the venue of Vibrant Gujarat summit to protest various issues including measurement of land allotted to Dalits under Agriculture Land Ceiling Act (ALC).