Ahmedabad, August 27: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday, ordered a probe into the police action during protest rallies in Gujarat, following the arrest of leader of the Patel community agitation, Hardik Patel. In the wake of the arrest, there was widespread violence in many parts of the state, as the members of the community took to the streets and the police had to allegedly use force to restore law and order situation.Also Read - Gujarat High Court Shows The Way: Other HCs Looking to Emulate Live Stream Of Proceedings

The probe was ordered in response to a petition filed by lawyer Viraj Popat and sent a notice to the Police Commissioner Shivanand Jha, seeking a response in two weeks’ times. The notice has demanded the names of all the officers concerned and their suspension for mishandling the situation. The agitation death toll reached nine on Wednesday, as the supporters of the movement, lead by Hardik Patel, called for a statewide bandh. Also Read:  Patel agitation: Mobile Internet services banned for second day in Gujarat Also Read - Lockdown-like Restrictions to be Reimposed in Gujarat? High Court Directs State to Take Decision

As many as 100 buses were torched and property was vandalised. A Public Interest Litigation has also been filed by Prakash Kapadia on the police’s activities during the two days of the protests and the ensuing violence and the court has scheduled the hearing for Monday. An inquiry into police lathicharge at the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) ground (venue of Hardik Patel’s rally) in Ahmedabad, was also conducted by a metropolitan court on Wednesday. Also Read - PM Modi Lauds Supreme Court For Conducting Highest Number of Hearings During Pandemic | 5 Points