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Gurugram Karni Sena chief, 38 detained; SIT to probe attack on school bus

Thakur Kushalpal was arrested in connection with the recent attack on a school bus carrying nursery students in Gurugram.

Gurugram Karni Sena chief, 38 detained; SIT to probe attack on school bus
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Gurugram: The Haryana Police on Saturday detained 39 people, including Gurugram chief of Shri Rajput Karni Sena Thakur Kushalpal, in connection with the recent violent attack on a school bus carrying nursery students and torching of a state roadways bus here.

Haryana Police also constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)-rank officer to probe several incidents of violence linked to the fringe group, which has been spearheading protests against controversial film Padmaavat.

This was announced by Ravinder Kumar, PRO of Gurugram Police.

"The SIT has ACPs, Inspectors and ASIs as its members and is headed by DCP-South Ashok Bakshi. This team will make all-out efforts to collect scientific evidence and identify the remaining hooligans," Kumar said.

Protesting against the release of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial "Padmaavat", several suspected members of the Rajput Karni Sena had taken to streets at various places across the country. 

Led by Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the Rajput Karni Sena alleges that history had been distorted by the makers of the period drama.

In Gurugram, hundreds of violent protesters took to roads, torching vehicles and destroying public property and attacked a school bus with children onboard.

Kushalpal was arrested a day after Rajput Karni Sena national secretary Surajpal Amu was arrested from his residence in the posh DLF area.

According to Gurugram Police, Kushalpal has been detained for questioning about his alleged role in the attack on the school bus. 

"So far, 38 hooligans have been arrested and sent to judicial custody in connection with the violence. Twenty-four miscreants were arrested in eight criminal cases and 14 miscreants were detained for breaching peace and tranquility in Gurugram," Kumar added.

Meanwhile, some angry villagers of Bhondsi threatened to call a "Mahapanchayat" on Sunday to take legal action against the Gurugram police crackdown and alleged framing of "innocent juvenile and youths".

(With Agency inputs)