18 arrested after attack on a school bus in Gurugram

A group of protestors reportedly pelted stones at a bus belonging to GD Goenka School. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 25, 2018, 10.17 AM (IST)

The Gurgaon police on Thursday arrested 18 persons for yesterday’s attack on a school bus, DGP Haryana BS Sandhu said.

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On Wednesday, a frenzied mob attacked a bus full of school kids in Gurgaon protesting the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat. The bus was damaged as the protesters hurled stones at it.

The bus belonging to GD Goenka World School came under attack as it drove past the mob that had just torched a Haryana Roadways bus.

30 students and three teachers of GD Goenka World School, Sohna Road became the targets of an unruly mob on Wednesday afternoon in Bhondsi. 

Apart from the teacher and students, a caretaker was also present on the bus.

This incident of hooliganism occurred despite Haryana Police claims that nobody would be allowed to disrupt peace in the state in the wake of the controversial movie's release tomorrow.

After the attack on a school bus by anti-Padmaavat protestors, some reputed schools in Gurgaon have decided to remain shut till Sunday in view of the violence over the controversial film's release.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted to the horrific incident of the Gurgaon bus attack and called it 'shameful'.

Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter to express his anguish and blamed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for the ongoing violence.   

The Congress president stated that violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP's use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire, he tweeted.

Tension continues to simmer across the country as Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat releases today.