Anti-Padmaavat violence: Gurugram police arrests one more, Karni Sena denies involvement

Anti-Padmaavat protests. Picture credits: The Hindu

Gurugram, 30 January: The Gurugram police arrested one more person in connection with the anti-Padmaavat violence perpetuated in Raheja Mall on Sohna Road in Gurugram, according to reports, taking the total number of arrests up to 47.

This comes after the arrest of the chief of Shri Rajput Karni Sena in Gurugram, Davender, Rewari in Haryana, Harinder alias Tinku, and two others on Sunday, Gurugram chief Thakur Kushalpal on Saturday, and the Sena’s national secretary Surajpal Amu on Friday. The Karni Sena’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief Thakur Karan Singh, too, was arrested on vandalsim charges, on Thursday.

Protesting the realease of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmaavat,’a number of violent acts have taken place across the country, including the attack on a school bus wiht children onboard and lighting a state roadways bus on fire in Gurugram. The Sena has claimed that the movie insults a queen who belonged to thir community.

Another article by Scroll says that 150 people have been arrested from the seven states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. At least 35 cases have been registered against them including rioting, arson, and assaulting public servants. Most of those arrested have been identified as members of the Sena, and others as belonging to a smaller groups expressing solidarity based on a common Rajput identity.

A Special Investigation Team had been constituted to investigate the matter, under a deputy commissioner of police (DCP)-rank officer, according to an article in Firstpost.

However, the Sena has denied its involvement in these events, and at the same time said that it would intensify its agitation till the film was banned, at a press conference in Delhi. The Delhi Sena chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, said that he had evidence to prove that none of their volunteers participated in the school bus attack, or the other attacks on cinema halls in various parts of the country.”Rajputs would not resort to such heinous acts,” he said.

“We are open to probe by highest of authorities, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Let there be a CBI probe to find out who was behind the attacks,” Kalvi said.

Meanwhile, the villagers of Bhondsi held a Mahapanchayat on Sunday with an agenda to free 18 youths, including eight minors of the village, who have been apprehended for destroying public property, and the school bus attack. They claim that the boys are innocent and Haryana Police made the arrests in haste, says an article by Times of India.

Rumours that Muslim youths were behind the Bhondsi bus incident were put to rest when the Gurugram police refuted any such claims.

With inputs from agencies, compiled by Eisha Nair.