After a nine-month stint in Surat’s Lajpore Central jail, Patidar community leader Hardik Patel, walked out the prison on Friday. Patel, who was arrested for sedition last year, was granted bail on the condition that he will have to leave the state for a period of next six months and leave Gujarat within 48 hours after his release.

“I want reservation, not 56-inch chest. I will keep working for the community. I am ready to talk to the government,” the 22-year-old Patel told the reporters after coming out jail, reports The Times of India. He was welcomed by a crowd of supporters who gave him sweets. 

On Thursday, the police had granted permission to Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) to organise a road show Hardik in various areas of the city. 

“A large number of people will gather outside the jail to receive me. It is my humble request to my supporters to maintain law and order. Patel community believes in non-violence. We must try to maintain peace, ” Patel had said, in a letter to the media.

On July 11, the Gujarat High Court had granted him bail in a case related to violence at Visnagar MLA’s office. However, the court had also imposed a restriction on Hardik that he cannot enter Mehsana district, in which Visnagar town is located, till the trial of this case is over.  

(With inputs from PTI)

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