Schoolchildren in Gurgaon attacked by mob protesting against Padmaavat
A mob protesting against the film Padmaavat threw rocks at a school bus in Gurgaon near Delhi on Wednesday afternoon. Little children could be seen crouching on the floor, with hands covering their mouths in fear.
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More than 12 children of the GD Goenka World School, from nursery to Class 12, were on the bus with teachers and staff, on their way home when the incident too place. Teachers and students were seen on the space between the seats, hiding to take cover.
Showing great presence of mind, the driver drove away from the attackers and got the bus to a safe place. Right in front of the school bus was a state-run bus that had been set on fire and wrecked by the mob.
The school bus was filled with pieces of broken glass. Policemen were present but they could do nothing to help the group.
Padmaavat is set for release on 25 January but groups like Karni Sena have vowed to block the film at all costs, against Supreme Court orders. The protesters insist that the film misrepresents14th century Rajput Queen Padmini, who preferred to jump into a fire rather than surrender to Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji.
Violence has been reported from parts of Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the states that had initially banned the movie despite the censor board allowing it with small changes.
Padmaavat stars Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, the husband of Padmavati, and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji who leads an invasion to try to capture the queen.