‘Padmaavat’ Row: Protesters attack school bus in Gurugram

Gurugram school bus

New Delhi, Jan 25: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Gurugram on Wednesday setting a state-run bus on fire despite prohibitory orders imposed in the city even as they pelted stones at a school bus that was passing through the area. A GD Goenka School bus came under attack after protesters allegedly belonging to fringe Rajput group Karni Sena threw stones, shattering windows of the bus. 

The school staff told ANI that as soon as the bus left the school, it was attacked by protesters. “As soon as we came out of the school the bus was attacked. Even the police could not control them. The children somehow took cover inside the bus,” a school staff was quoted as saying by ANI.

According to officials, the incident took place around Ghamroj village when a mob carrying lathis and stones attacked the bus.

“The mob had just attacked a Haryana Roadways bus and the school bus belonging to GD Goenka World School which was passing by also came under attack. The mob pelted stones at the school bus due to which the window panes broke. However, there were no injuries in the incident which took place around 3 pm,” said Gurugram deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh.

The protestors threw stones at the bus, which was carrying students, teachers and staff of Gurugram’s GD Goenka World School. Commissioner of Police, Sandeep Khirwar told ANI that the school bus was vandalised and another Haryana roadway bus was torched by the protestors.

“Currently, 13 people have been detained (in this connection) and action will be taken,” he said. Meanwhile, Section 144 has been imposed in Gurugram, which will be in effect until January 28.

In some states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Haryana, the members of Karni Sena and other fringe outfits have resorted to burning posters and vandalising the ticket counter of the movie theaters. Security forces have been deployed at various multiplexes in Dehradun ahead of ‘Padmaavat’s release.

Meanwhile parents of Delhi-NCR studenta are scared, and said that if this incident can happen in Haryana then can happen in Delhi too.

18 people were arrested on Thursday for their alleged role in damaging a schoobus full of students in Gurugram on Wednesday.

The accused will be brought to Sohna court later in the day.


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