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Padmaavat violence: 18 arrested for pelting stones on school bus in Gurugram

28 January 2018

Suspected members of the Rajpur Karni Sena even set a school bus on fire and burned down a state transport bus on Sohna Road in Gurugram, according to NDTV.

"I want to assure all cinema-goers and theater-owners on behalf of Haryana Police that we are giving full protection to all cinema halls showing the film", Haryana Police chief BS Sandhu said.

The Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Haryana's BJP government after violence in Gurugram earlier in the day by a mob protesting against the release of "Padmaavat".

Prohibitory orders have been imposed here till Sunday to maintain law and order in view of the Karni Sena's threat to target theatres screening the film.

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"The BJP's use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire", Gandhi said in his tweet hours after a video of scared children crouching in the school bus targeted by hooligans protesting the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie prompted nationwide outrage on Wednesday. The Ahmedabad Police arrested 48 people from various locations under the act of rioting for unleashing violence in the city on Wednesday.

"The youth was held by Sector 29 police".

He, however, clarified that no order has been passed to close schools, colleges, bars. "The situation is peaceful and schools, colleges and offices will open normally on Thursday", Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said in a statement.

The police were deployed on the spot and an investigation is underway.

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The Congress President also condemned the violence against children by the mobs which have been protesting the release of the controversial film.

The petitioner said that the Centre, Haryana and Punjab governments and the Chandigarh administration have been made party in this case.

At least 15 people were arrested in connection with the violent protest against the release of the film in Maharashtra's Pune as well.

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Padmaavat violence: 18 arrested for pelting stones on school bus in Gurugram