Arvind Kejriwal has sharply reacted to the attack on a school bus with students on board during the Padmaavat protests. He said that India is a land of Lord Ram and He doesn't approve such activities adding that such attackers should 'sink in shame'.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday (January 25), lashed out at the protesters who pelted stones on a Gurugram school bus with kids on board while protesting against Padmaavat. In a sharp reaction to the incident, the Delhi CM said those who committed such a heinous crime should sink in shame (Paani Mein Doob Marne Ki Baat Hai Unke Liye). While addressing students at Chhatrasal Stadium, Kejriwal said an incident like this ahead of the Republic Day is a shame. Calling the incident unfortunate, the Delhi CM said that he couldn’t sleep last night thinking about the kids bending down in fear due to the violent protests against the movie Padmaavat.
“I am a Hindu and I am a devotee of Lord Ram. Will Lord Ram ever allow to do such a horrible thing? Those have done this aren’t protecting any culture but rather destroying it,” said Kejriwal, adding that India is a land of great men like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Gautam Buddha, Mahavir Jain, Guru Nanak Dev, Kabir, Mahatma Gandhi, and others, who have preached non-violence to the people.
The Delhi CM further said that an incident like this happening a few miles away from the National Capital is unfortunate.
Arvind Kejriwal’s reaction against Padmaavat protesters has come a day after a group of protesters pelted stones on a school bus with students on board. A video of the same has also gone viral on social media and is being heavily criticised. In the video, the students can be seen ducking with fear to avoid being hit by stones. The window glass-shield of the bus can also be seen broken in the video.
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The nation witnessed violent protests at many places against Padmaavat. Buses were burnt and highways were blocked in the protest against the movie. Karni Sena chief had called for a ‘Janta Curfew’ on the movie, in a press conference, on Wednesday. However, the Sena has denied any involvement in the school bus attack.
Noted Bollywood actor and director Farhan Akhtar has also denounced the incident, saying this is an incident of ‘terrorism’.