Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat hit the screens worldwide on January 25. But the protests and violence against the film by Rajput Karni Sena has not stopped. After blocking roads and burning effigies, the protesters have now stooped low by attacking school buses. Despite protests, the movie has been screened under police protection in multiplexes of Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi.
After Karni Sena, now Kshatriya Mahasabha announced a bounty on Deepika Padukone. President of the organisation, Gajendra Singh said that Kshatriya community will contribute and give the person a reward of Rs 1 Crore who chops off Deepika Padukone's ears and nose.
Some Karni Sena members reportedly got thrashed by Uttar Pradesh police for creating ruckus. A video has come up where two cops are seen dragging an apparent Karni Sena member out of a shop, and thrash him.
After Karni Sena, Bajrang Dal members also came down on the streets in protest against Padmaavat. The protesters and the police got into a clash outside a cinema hall in Rishikesh.
In another shocking event, a man tried to self immolate outside a cinema hall in Varanasi in protest of Padmaavat. He has been detained by the police.
Karni Sena staged a protest at Novelty Cinema in Lucknow, requesting the commoners not to watch the movie. They even said that they would compensate money of the tickets already bought by the people.
Members of the outfit vandalised shops at Udaipur in Rajasthan in protest against Padmaavat. Rajasthan was the first state to put a ban on the film. However, it was removed after the Supreme Court ordered removal of all bans.
With the film being released, protesters have now turned violent, and damaged some shops in Udaipur.
Gurugram school bus damaged
Reports stated that 30 students and three teachers of GD Goenka World School, Sohna Road, were attacked by around 50 protesters on Wednesday afternoon in Bhondsi. The bus was headed towards Gurugram city. The entire incident has been recorded. After this, some schools have reportedly decided to remain shut till Sunday.
As soon as we came out of the school the bus was attacked. Even the police could not control them. The children somehow took cover inside the bus.: School staff on their school bus attacked by vandals in protest against release of #Padmavaat in Gurugram, #Haryana pic.twitter.com/4mebxa2jNB— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2018
Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar told ANI: "Adequate police forces deployed. Requested Mall managers to tighten their internal security. there were incidents where a school bus was vandalised & a Haryana Roadway bus was torched. 13 people detained, action will be taken."
People accused in the attack on school bus in Gurugram have been sent to 14 days judicial custody on Thursday.
Chittorgarh Fort shuts down
On Wednesday, Chittorgarh Fort has been shut down for the second time in history. The move comes after members of the Rajput Karni Sena tried to break into the fort in order to stage a protest against the movie.
Security beefed up
- Police protection outside multiplexes in Hyderbad, Mumbai and Agra.
- Security forces deployed at multiplexes in Dehradun, Uttarakhand ahead of the release of Padmaavat.
- The Uttar Pradesh government has also assured security to theatres on the release of Padmaavat. "We will ensure safety to the theatres and take stern action against those taking law and order into their hands," Siddharth Nath Singh, who is also the government spokesman, told IANS.
- Security has been tightened around all the cinema halls in Faridabad in view of Gurugram incident and threat from Shri Rajput Karni Sena to disrupt screening of the movie.
- Preventive detentions of various fringe group members, who were set to protest against Padmaavat on Thursday, carried out by Delhi police.
#BREAKING -- Big crackdown done as Delhi Police carried out preventive detentions of members of various Fringe groups who were planning to protest against #Padmaavat today. The state police didn't want to take any chances as ASEAN summit is on: Sources pic.twitter.com/hMDHTkvPmv— News18 (@CNNnews18) January 25, 2018