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Padmaavat violence: Villagers to block Gurgaon-Sohna Road if juveniles are not freed

The villagers alleged that the police picked up eight juveniles just to increase the number of arrests.

gurgaon Updated: Jan 26, 2018 22:23 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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The conductor of the Haryana Roadways bus which was set on fire near Bhondsi village in Gurgaon allegedly by activists of Karni Sena.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Villagers in Bhondsi, where a roadways bus was torched and a school bus was attacked on Wednesday over Padmaavat movie protests, briefly met on Friday over the arrest of some juveniles, who the villagers claim are innocent.

They will meet again on Sunday and give a memo to Gurgaon police commissioner, asking him to let them go free.

The villagers said if their children are not freed, they will hold a bigger protest and will block the Gurgaon-Sohna Road.

The villagers alleged that the police picked up eight juveniles just to increase the number of arrests. The children were randomly picked up from different places and they all are innocent, the villagers insisted.

A meeting was fixed on Friday at 10am at panchayat house but owing to the death of two senior citizens, the meeting was postponed to Sunday.

According to the villagers, the Gurgaon police had lost their trust as they had earlier arrested a 42-year-old bus conductor of a private school in connection with the murder of class 2 student of that school. He was later granted bail after the CBI apprehended a 16-year-old juvenile for the crime.

“This is an old practice of Gurgaon police. We do not trust them. We will meet the police commissioner on Sunday and if they have evidence against the boys, they will have to show us those or else let the children go,” said Sanjay Raghav, former village head.

The youngest of those apprehended for Wednesday’s violence is 14 years old while the oldest is 17.

“We will not tolerate any injustice towards our children. They are innocent and were not even aware of the violence on the road,” said Ramesh Raghav, parent of a juvenile.

Sandeep Raghav, district president, BJP Kisan Morcha and a resident of Bhondsi, said, “The police even picked up two boys working at a dhaba and a physically challenged boy who was just passing by.”

“I was walking towards the scene of the crime when the policemen caught hold of me and put me in their vehicle. I kept asking them why and where they were taking me, but they just slapped me and asked me to keep quiet,” a 16-year-old told the juvenile justice board.

The boys were detained along with 10 others arrested for torching and damaging buses.

A group of 50-60 miscreants had attacked a school bus of GD Goenka World School, Sohna Road, on Wednesday around 2.30 pm. There were 23 students and three teachers in the bus when the miscreants pelted stone on the windows and broke the windshield of the bus. The accused also attacked a Haryana roadways bus, that was carrying some 35 passengers, and set it on fire.

Gurgaon police PRO Ravinder Kumar said, “If the villagers submit a memo to us, we will reinvestigate the case and check the facts on the file.”

First Published: Jan 26, 2018 22:23 IST