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'Attackers in Gurugram violence should get harsh punishment'

NEW DELHI: Condemning Wednesday's attack on a school bus by a mob protesting the release of Padmaavat in neighbouring Gurugram, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that those involved in the attack should be given strong punishments, "harsher than the punishment Lord Rama gave to Ravana".
"I appeal to everyone, we cannot afford to remain silent anymore. The forces that killed Muslims and burnt Dalits are now intruding into our homes, coming after our children," Kejriwal said at an event to celebrate Republic Day at north Delhi's Chhatrasal Stadium.
In the nearly 40-minute-long speech, marked by a combative tone, Kejriwal said it was a matter of "shame" that schoolchildren were pelted with stones a few kilometres away from the national Capital ahead of Republic Day.
"I am a Hindu, devotee of Lord Ram. I want to ask what would Ram do with these people had he been here today. He would have punished them as he punished Ravana," he said.
"India is land of great saints. We want peace in out land. It is the land of Rama, Krishna, Gautam Budhha, Mahavira, Guru Nanak, Kabir and Meera, followers of Prophet Mohammad and Jesus Christ.
"I want to ask were the people who hurled stones Hindus, Muslims or Christians? Which religion preaches violence against children" the Chief Minister said, adding that some forces are trying to break the peace of the nation.
"I am raising this issue ahead of Republic Day with a heavy heart as I love my nation. I cannot see such violence in the country. People here love their country and want peace and love. I request the powers at the Centre. Please spare us," he said.
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