18 arrested over Gurugram school bus attack during 'Padmavat' protest

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I am not someone who has ever been excited so much about box-office numbers but I have to say that this time I am.

Padmaavat was supposed to hit the screens on December 7, 2017, but its release and certification were delayed and stalled because of repeated protests and threats of violence by Rajput groups led by the Rajput Karni Sena. The protesters allegedly belonged to Rajput group Karni Sena. "Some peaceful protests are continuing".

"Adequate security arrangements were made and no untoward incident took place in any part of the state", Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) B.S. Sandhu told the media here. The Karni Sena even attended a special screening of the film organized by Viacom 18 for them and for a moment, it appeared that the protests could stop.

The Supreme Court had paved the way for its nationwide release after some states issued notifications banning the film. "People are coming and watching it", he said.

Police said a man had been arrested at the PVR City Center Mall on the Mehrauli-Gurugram Road and a suspicious chemical powder seized from him.

"Because of the sections imposed in this, the accused will find it hard to get bail", he said.

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Mobile phone footage showed very small children forced to seek shelter under the seats of the bus amid shattered glass. Earlier, on Wednesday some mob attacked one of the private school bus when the school kids were on their way to home.

"Amu has been taken under preventive custody".

He urged owners of cinema halls to get in touch with police and the district administration concerned for security.

Gurugram Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said the force was ready to tackle all situations.

"Any theater-owner who wants to exhibit the film will be given full protection. If someone is involved in unlawful activities, they will be arrested immediately and strict action will be taken", he added.

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