Manmohan Singh on attack on Rahul Gandhi: Political violence has no place in democracy

Manmohan Singh tonight strongly condemned the attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat.

Published: 04th August 2017 10:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2017 10:33 PM   |  A+A-

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight 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.

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