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Manmohan Singh condemns attack on Rahul Gandhi, says political violence has no place in democracy

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat was attacked and his car was pelted with stones when he was on a visit to flood-hit Banaskantha district of Gujarat.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2017 00:44 IST
A file photo of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
A file photo of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.(PTI)

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday night strongly condemned the attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat and said “political violence has no place in a functioning democracy”.

A cement brick was hurled at Gandhi’s car by a man, suspected to be a BJP supporter, smashing a glass-pane at the rear end, during a tour of flood-hit Banaskantha district of Gujarat, police said.

Gandhi, however, escaped unhurt and proceeded to the next place on his itinerary--Runi village in Thara taluka--where he asserted he would not get cowed down by such protests.

Singh strongly condemned the attack, the office of the former prime minister said in a statement.

“Political violence has no place in a functioning democracy,” the statement quoted Singh as saying.

Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said the man who threw the brick at the Congress leader’s car has been detained.