On Sunday night 355 farmers including 138 women and 217 men were arrested. In connection with violence after this police lobbed 62 teargas shells to disperse farmers from 12 villages who were opposing the construction of lignite-based power plant of Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL).More than 500 people were arrested at a varied police station of Bhavnagar taluka for rioting.
Nearly 700 people from 12 villages of ghogha and Bhavnagar talukas took out a rally on 100 bikes and 15 tractors from Badi and padva villages on Sunday morning. All the farmers gather to oppose the GPCL site and they tried to stop the work at the construction site. Police lob over 60 teargas shells to disperse the crowd.
On Sunday evening sub-inspector SM Rana at gogha police station lodged an FIR against 500 persons under various section of the Indian Penal Code that including 147 riotings, 143 unlawful assemblies, 186 obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, as per section 337 causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others.
According to Vartej police sub-inspector RP Chudasama, who is investigating the case, all those arrested were lodged at Vartej police station during the night and were supposed to be released on bail on Monday morning. All accused refused to take bail and demand back their land however all farmers were released at around 4 pm on Monday.
GPCL has acquired 1415 hectares of government and private land for mining three blocks at ghogha surkha,khadsaliya-I and Khadsaliya-II of the total 2980 hectares required for its 500MW lignite-based power plant between 1997 and 2005.