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. No injuries were reported yet.
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.
The G D Goenka World School students were on their way home when a group of around 60 protesters, believed to be members of a fringe group, attacked the bus with bamboo sticks asking the driver to stop the vehicle.
The incident happened when the school bus was crossing through the area while the protesters were setting fire to the Haryana Roadways bus in Bhondsi. As per PTI, a group of around 60 protesters attacked the bus with bamboo sticks asking the driver to stop the vehicle. When the driver did not comply, the miscreants pelted the vehicle with stones apparently to hurt the children.
Gurgaon Police PRO Ravinder Kumar told PTI: “The school bus staffer asked the kids to crawl under seats for safety and directed the driver to not stop it. Some of the bus windows shattered and terrified kids cried for help. Fortunately, none of the children was hurt in the attack.”
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Meanwhile, earlier in the day protesters went on a rampage as they blocked the Delhi-Jaipur national highway against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmaavat’. The Haryana Roadways bus was torched near Bhondsi village on Sohna road allegedly by Karni Sena supporters, police told PTI.
However, there was no loss of life. The violence happened despite Haryana Police’s assurance that nobody would be allowed to disrupt peace ahead of the film’s release tomorrow. Director General of Police B S Sandhu had warned troublemakers against disrupting peace a few days ago.
In Lucknow, police had to use force to disperse an agitating mob, while Karni Sena members allegedly damaged two state roadways buses in Jaipur and blocked a road in the city’s Kalwar area. Numerous activists were held in Mumbai and Nashik.
In Ahmedabad, the police arrested 50 people in connection with the violence and vandalism outside malls last night. As many as 30 bikes and scooters, parked outside three multiplexes in the city were set ablaze by protesters.