WION Web Team Delhi, India
Jan 24, 2018, 08.37 AM
As Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum-opus Padmaavat is all set to hit theatres on January 25, violence erupted in several parts of the country with buses being torched and cinema halls being vandalised.
As tension intensified, protesters pelted stones & burnt several buses in Gurugram's Sohna Road on Wednesday. Several fringe groups are against the screening of the film and demanded a complete ban despite Supreme court giving it a go-ahead order.
In the light of agitation, all clubs and bars in Gurugram have been ordered to be closed from 7 pm on 24th January. They have been asked to remain closed till further order are passed.
A group of protestors reportedly pelted stones at a bus belonging to GD Goenka School, which was ferrying children at the time of the incident, near Bhondsi, breaking the vehicle's windows. It was unclear if anyone was wounded in the incident.
If all state govts, central govt and SC together cannot get one movie released and run safely, how can we expect investments to flow in? Forget FDI, even local investors wud feel hesitant. Not gud for already dwindling economy. Bad for jobs
8-10 masked men had come to pelt stones at PVS mall. Police is on the lookout for the men. We will provide security to the mall at the time of screening of the film: Chakrapani Tripathi, Circle Officer, Civil Lines #Padmaavatpic.twitter.com/r5KOrR112U
"The police had to open fire to disperse crowds in Ahmadabad on Tuesday night. Protests are expected to continue in various parts of the country ahead of the release of the film on January 25," noted Reuters.
Chhattisgarh also saw at least dozens of members of Rajput community staging protests on Tuesday evening.
So far, over 100 Karni Sena and other Rajput workers have been detained in Mumbai.
Gurgaon and Noida have imposed Section 144 prohibiting the assembly of more than four people.
Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar noted that it will be better if theatres do not screen the film, however, they will be provided with security if they choose to go ahead with the release.
Police are also keeping a watch on social media and WhatsApp groups.