AHMEDABAD, Aug 27 : A court in Gujarat ordered a police inquiry on Thursday after at least 10 people died in the worst violence to hit the Indian prime minister's home state in more than a decade.
Police opened fire on protesters when rioting broke out following a mass rally by members of the Patidar caste to demand preferential treatment over jobs and university places. One police officer was also killed in the clashes with demonstrators, which appear to have been triggered by the brief detention of protest leader Hardik Patel in the main city of Ahmedabad.
High Court judge J B Pardiwala ordered the Ahmedabad police commissioner to conduct an inquiry into claims officers deliberately damaged cars and other property belonging to members of the Patidar community. Schools in Ahmedabad remained closed Thursday and there was a heavy police and military presence, but an AFP correspondent in the city said it was calm and shops and businesses had begun to reopen.
Protesters torched cars, buses and police stations after 22-year-old Patel's detention late Tuesday.
The Patidars or Patels are one of the state's most affluent communities, but they say they are struggling to compete with less privileged castes for jobs. ?AFP