Karni Sena Leader Thakur Kushalpal Detained In Gurgaon

At least 24 people have been arrested in the wake of the violence by fringe Rajput groups in the city, a police official said.

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Karni Sena Leader Thakur Kushalpal Detained In Gurgaon

Protesters have alleged that the movie "Padmaavat" distorted history (File Photo)


Gurgaon:  The Gurgaon Police on Saturday detained Karni Sena chief Thakur Kushalpal in connection with the attack on a school bus and torching of a state roadways bus here during anti-"Padmaavat" protests earlier this week.

At least 24 people have been arrested in the wake of the violence by fringe Rajput groups in the city, a police official said.

A special investigation team set up by the police detained Kushalpal for questioning him for his suspected role in the violence, Gurgaon Police PRO Ravinder Kumar told PTI.

Mr Kumar said the police arrested 24 people for their alleged involvement in the incidents after having registered eight cases.

The police official dismissed social media reports of youths being detained or arrested, and urged people to not pay attention to rumours but follow the district administration guidelines.

Mr Kumar said the people arrested have been sent to judicial custody by a court.

On Wednesday, a school bus carrying 20-25 students was targeted in Gurgaon and the Delhi-Jaipur national highway was blocked by supporters of the Karni Sena, which was at the forefront of the opposition to the controversial film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, along with other fringe groups.

A state-run bus was torched near Bhondsi village on that day.

The protesters alleged that the movie based on the saga of the 13th-century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi, distorted history and showed Rani Padmavati in "poor light", despite historians being divided on whether the queen actually existed.

The filmmakers have denied the allegations.

The fringe groups had warned owners of more than 40 multiplexes and theatres operating in Gurgaon against screening the movie.

The police today said the situation was under control. "Efforts are being made by police teams to identify other miscreants involved in the violent incidents," Mr Kumar said.

He said the SIT, headed by a DCP-rank officer, Ashok Bakshi, has been formed to probe the incidents.

The SIT will collect scientific evidence and identify the remaining people involved in the violence, he added.

"The situation in Gurgaon is peaceful. Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers at malls, multiplexes and sensitive locations to maintain law and order," he said.

The national secretary of Karni Sena, Suraj Pal Amu, was arrested yesterday on charges of breaching peace in the city.

His bail plea was dismissed by a Gurgaon court and he has sent to judicial custody till Monday.

A group of angry villagers of Bhondsi has decided to call a 'mahapanchayat' tomorrow against the Gurgaon Police action against "innocent" people who had nothing to do with the violence.

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