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

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August 04, 2017 22:40

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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