Police Refute Social Media Claims That Muslims Youths Were Behind Gurugram School Bus Attack

Police quash rumour mill that says the names of five arrested for attacking a school bus in Gurugram are Saddam, Aamir, Feroze, Nadeem and Ashraf.

The commissioner of police of Gurugram has rubbished claims on social media that Muslims were behind the cowardly attack on a school bus in Gurugram on Wednesday.

Days after suspected Karni Sena members stoned a school bus belonging to the GD Goenka World School in Gurugram and images of frightened school children huddled beneath seats, shocked and angered Indians, a communal twist was given to the incident on social media.

Many claimed that while Rajputs were being blamed for the violence, Muslim youths were actually involved in the attack. Messages on Twitter and Facebook claimed that the names of five people arrested for stone pelting were 'Saddam', 'Aamir', 'Feroze', 'Nadeem' and 'Ashraf'.

"The names used on social media is an absolute canard and complete falsehood," Gurugram Commissioner of Police, Sandeep Khirwar told BOOM on Friday. "The accused have already been arrested in the case and further investigations are on."

Hours after speaking to BOOM, the official handle of Gurugram Police also tweeted a denial on Twitter.

Even though no evidence was provided to support the claim; several prominent Twitter handles took the lead in propagating conspiracy theories.

In a report filed by the Indian Express on Thursday, there is no mention of any Muslim being caught for the vandalism. The police have held 18 suspects, including eight minors and all of them belong to Rajput-dominated Bhondsi village that is situated about 500 meters from where the buses were attacked.

The attack on the school bus carrying children and teachers were condemned by people across social media. Many had expressed outrage how those invoking historic Rajput pride could attack defenceless children. The Karni Sena have denied their involvement in the incident and have blamed political parties for defaming them in a bid to scuttle their protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat.


(This story has been updated to include Gurugram Police's tweet)

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