School Bus Attacked In Gurugram As Protests Over Padmaavat Escalate

Several fringe groups, including the Rajput Karni Sena, have been opposed to "Padmaavat", indulging in rampant arson and violence a day before the film's release. "But police reached in time and took appropriate action", he said.

Protests against the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat peaked on Wednesday, a day before the film's release on Thursday, when a group of men attacked a school bus in Gurugram, pelting it with stones. The law and order situation in the state was steadily deteriorating with a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

The mob didn't spare a school bus with children on board in Gurugram on Wednesday.

As per Section 144, people are banned from carrying firearms and other articles capable of causing injury, raising slogans and exhibiting placards within a 200-metre radius of cinema and multiplexes from January 23 to January 28. Following the incident, the police have arrested at least 18 people in relation to the incident. "He said he planned to throw the red power, suspected to be some chemical, on the cinema screen after mixing it with water to prevent the movie's screening", a senior police officer told IANS. However, Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram Vinay Pratap Singh reportedly denied that any such order had been issued.

He, however, clarified that no order has been passed to close schools, colleges, bars.

The police were deployed on the spot and an investigation is underway. Why this silence? Who is responsible for the law and order?

On the release day of Padmaavat, almost 31 people were detained by cops for their alleged involvement in violent protests against the movie.

Attacking the state's Bharatiya Janata Party government, Surjewala said: "The government which can not bring law and order under control has no right to remain in power". The film is allowed to be released and then violence is unleashed in BJP-ruled states.

  • Valerie Cook