27-yr-old Patel protester commits suicide in Surat

A 27-year-old Patel youth, who was actively involved in the quota agitation here ended his life allegedly by consuming poisonous substance, "out of shock" upon learning about the police action against Patel quota leaders in Mehsana

Surat: A 27-year-old Patel youth, who was actively involved in the quota agitation here ended his life allegedly by consuming poisonous substance, "out of shock" upon learning about the police action against Patel quota leaders in Mehsana, claim Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders. However, police said that it is a matter of investigation on why the young man committed suicide.


The widow of Bhavin Khunt mourns his death during his funeral procession in Surat. Pic/PTI

Bhavin Khunt (27), who was associated with quota body PAAS in the city, committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at his residence in Puna Gam area here Sunday evening, said Surat PAAS convener Nikhil Savani. He said, "Khunt was actively involved with PAAS. He was deeply hurt when he learned about police action against Patel agitators in Mehsana yesterday. Out of pain and shock, he consumed poisonous pills at around 7 pm yesterday at his house," said Savani.

Though PAAS claims that Khunt ended his life out of shock, police have refused to accept this argument. Police inspector of Puna Gam, Vinod Patel said, "PAAS claims that Khunt was in shock because of the violence in Mehsana. PAAS also claims that police harassed him.

Since police never detained Khunt, there is no question of harassment. We are yet to find out the exact reasons that led Khunt to commit suicide."

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