An IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2019 in a custodial death case, is currently lodged at the Palanpur district jail.On Wednesday, the leader of Congress party, Hardik Patel, two party MLAs and around 27 of their supporters who were on their way to Palanpur district jail in Gujarat to meet sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt were detained on their way by the police officials.
Banaskantha's Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar said that "Hardik Patel who joined the Congress earlier this year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and is the spearhead of the Patidar quota agitation , was detained the moment he and other party leaders entered Palanpur to go to the jail to meet Bhatt".
"We detained around 30 people, including Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs from Palanpur and Patan and their supporters, when they entered Palanpur to go to the sub-jail to meet Bhatt, the reason being that we were expecting law and order issues at the jail in Palanpur", he further added.
The two MLAs who have been detained are Kirit Patel of Patan and Mahesh Patel of Palanpur.
Shweta Bhatt who is the sacked IPS officer's wife, on Tuesday, announced that she will accompany her husband's supporters (most of them women), who wished to tie 'rakhi' to him, to Palanpur jail, the police official said.
"Hardik Patel said he will also accompany her. While Sanjiv Bhatt's wife has been allowed to go to meet him as she is a family member, we have detained the others," he said.
Sanjiv Bhatt was awarded life sentence in a custodial death case dating back to 1990 when he was posted as an additional superintendent of police in Jamnagar district. On September 5, 2018, he got arrested in another case, where he was accused of falsely implicating a man for alleged possession of drugs in Palanpur in 1996. The trial in the case is in progress.