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Shocking! Stone-Pelters Target School Bus In J&K's Shopian, Class 2 Student Injured

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| May 2 , 2018 , 14:57 IST

One student of Class 2 was left with a head injury after stone-pelters targeted a school bus in the Kanipora village of Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

According to reports, stone-pelters attacked the bus which belonged to Rainbow International School and had around 50 children on board, with some as young as 4 years old.

In a statement, Shopian SSP Shailendra Kumar said that the search for the stone pelters is underway.

"Few miscreants gheraoed the school bus and hurled stones at it, one student injured. The area has been sanitised, search for stone pelters is underway and they will be arrested soon," SSP Kumar said.

Director general of police SP Vaid called the incident "complete madness".

"Miscreants pelted stones on school bus of Rainbow School Shopian... resulted in injuries to 2nd class student Rehan. He has been shifted to SKIMS for treatment with head injury. Complete madness how stone pelters are targeting young school children. These criminals will face the law," tweeted Vaid.

The father of the injured student said to ANI, "My son has been injured in stone pelting, this is against humanity. This could have been anyone's child."

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack in a tweet.

"Shocked and angered to hear of the attack on a school bus in Shopian. The perpetrators of this senseless and cowardly act will be brought to justice.," tweeted Mufti.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah Abdullah questioned on how targeting children served any purpose.

"How does pelting stones on school children or tourist buses help advance the agenda of these stone pelters? These attacks deserve our unequivocal condemnation & this tweet is mine," tweeted Abdullah.

An attack on a school bus in Haryana's Gurugram in January this year during protests by Rajput groups over Bollywood film Padmavat sparked immense protests, resulting in the arrest of 18 people. The protesters, however, claimed that the school bus passed through their protest zone, and that the school bus was not targeted specifically.