PADMAAVAT PROTESTS: Haryana DGP warns of 'strict action' against miscreants, 31 arrested

A bus was burnt by demonstrators protesting the release of Padmaavat in Gurugram

Eighteen people have been arrested in connection with a school bus that was attacked on Wednesday during protests against Padmaavat. A day after a school bus was pelted with stones by anti-Padmaavat protesters in Gurgaon, teachers and staff members on board the vehicle said they feared more for the children than for themselves. Earlier, on Wednesday some mob attacked one of the private school bus when the school kids were on their way to home. Nobody was injured but a video showed terrified students ducking and cowering.

The group opposing the film remained defiant and protested against the release of the movie.

The PIL, filed by advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal, also sought directions from the court that the governments of those states where incidents of violence and protests took place be held accountable and be asked to pay for damages caused by Karni Sena activists.

The Congress had so far taken a nuanced stand on the movie and often found itself on the same side as the BJP.

Violent protests have been witnessed from across the country by activists of the Rajput Karni Sena. Assembly elections are slated to be held in Rajasthan later this year while two Lok Sabha constituencies - Ajmer and Alwar - are in the middle of campaigning and will vote on Monday.

Ranveer Singh, who is who is portraying the role of Alauddin Khilji said that "Padmaavat" will be a film that the whole country will be proud of.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, however, were unsparing in their criticism. "If someone is found indulging in unlawful activities, they will be immediately arrested and strict action will be taken against them", he said. As the bus approached Bhondsi around 3.15 pm, a mob of "50-60 young boys", allegedly raising slogans in support of Karni Sena and carrying "rod, sticks, stones, and petrol", barged inside.

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