More violence ahead of 'Padmaavat' release

Herbert Rhodes
January 28, 2018

Several fringe groups, including the Rajput Karni Sena, have been opposed to "Padmaavat", indulging in rampant arson and violence a day before the film's release. I am not someone who has ever been excited so much about box-office numbers but I have to say that this time I am.

Speaking after a school bus was attacked in Gurugram on Wednesday, Bus conductor named Vijender said, "Protesters were pelting stones on cars and clashing with Police, we tried to navigate safely but got caught in the violence, fortunately, we were able to ensure safety of children which was our priority".

Holding the BJP governments at the Centre and in various states as responsible for failing to check the incidents of violent protests against the film 'Padmaavat across the country, the Congress on Thursday said the BJP is trying to play politics on the issue and has failed to maintain law and order in the various states. The bus was carrying more than a dozen children from class nursery to class 12th and some teachers of GD Goenka School, and around 3 p.m. when it was attacked by a mob.

Ahead of the release of the, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was imposed in Gurugram on Tuesday. Nine more people were detained for roles in other incidents of violence in the city on Wednesday. "He said he planned to throw the red power, suspected to be some chemical, on the cinema screen after mixing it with water to prevent the movie's screening", a senior police officer told IANS.

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He, however, clarified that no order has been passed to close schools, colleges, bars.

"All the halls and malls that were showing the film were given sufficient police force for protection".

Sandhu said 33 cinema halls in 9 districts of the state are now showing the film. "Maximum possible preventive arrangements will remain in place for tomorrow", said Mohammed Akil, Haryana's assistant director general of police for law and order.

At least 15 people were arrested in connection with the violent protest against the release of the film in Maharashtra's Pune as well.

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