Gurugram school bus attack on kids over Padmaavat: Haryana villagers make this big claim about 18 accused

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New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2018 10:29:30 AM

Padmaavat movie release: The attack on G D Goenka World School bus in Gurgaon allegedly to protest against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmaavat, which was released yesterday, has shocked the nation.

gurgaon school bus attacked over padmaavat releasePadmaavat movie release: Around 30 students and three teachers of the Gurugram School were targeted by an unruly mob on Wednesday afternoon.

Padmaavat movie release: The attack on G D Goenka World School bus in Gurgaon allegedly to protest against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat, which was released yesterday, has shocked the nation. Around 30 students and three teachers of the Gurugram School were targeted by an unruly mob on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials, the incident took place near Ghamroj village when a mob carrying lathis and stones attacked the bus. Police had on Thursday arrested 18 people in connection with the attack on the school bus. The accused were nabbed from from Bhondsi village. Among 18 accused, there are eight minors. They have been arrested on the basis of the FIR lodged by the driver of the roadways bus.

The residents of Bhondsi village have denied that these accused were part of the mob even as they criticised the attack on school children. “There is a Mahapanchayat on Friday to discuss these illegal arrests and we may not even unfurl the Tricolour as a mark of protest,” one villager was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. “He was going for a football match. He had stopped there for some time when the incident occurred and had no role to play in the incident,” the grandfather of an accused, a 75-year-old retired army Subedar said.

“Ten of the eighteen people held for the school bus incident were majors, and have been remanded to judicial custody for two weeks. The other eight were juveniles, who have been sent to the observation home in Faridabad,” Ravinder Kumar, Gurgaon Police PRO, said.

Meanwhile, Haryana Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the administration did not expect that the people protesting over Padmaavat would attack a school bus. “It is a worrying incident, and I am sure there will be a solution to this whole issue today. We did not expect such an incident,” Sharma said. Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Vinany Pratap Singh told ANI that Section 144 has been imposed in the district.

“Section 144 imposed in the district. It’ll be in effect till January 28. Executive Magistrates and police forces have been deployed at sensitive places. We’ve appealed people to protest peacefully, if they must,” Singh said. He, however, clarified that no order has been passed to close schools, colleges, bars.

Parvesh Kumar, the driver of the bus which was attacked during the protests against “Padmaavat” film, had maintained his cool and asked students and staff to take cover under their seats as he drove them to safety. The driver has also come in for praise by the principal of the GD Goenka School, who said his quick thinking saved many lives. “He also also warned other drivers and school management against using the Sohna road route, following which three buses travelling behind turned back,” Neeta Bali, the principal, said.

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