Karni Sena chief: We won't let Padmaavat release, come what may

File photo - Lokendra Singh Kalvi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 24, 2018, 01.07 PM (IST)

Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's highly controversial movie Padmaavat on January 25, protesters, taking to streets, damaged vehicles and vandalised several places across the country. 

Karni Sena, which is leading protests against Padmaavat, has demanded a complete ban despite a go-ahead from the Supreme Court.

Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi directed a “self-imposed curfew by people” to oppose Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie.

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He said: “We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmavaat should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may."

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Cinema halls and many other places in Mumbai, Mathura, Gurugram, Meerut, Rajasthan have been attacked by protesters demanding a ban on the film's release. They have also blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway.

Security has been beefed up and efforts are underway to nab the unidentified miscreants to bring the situation under control.  A number of protesters have been arrested in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nashik and other places till now.

The police raided the homes of Karni Sena Chittorgarh unit president Govind Singh Khangarot and vice-president Kamlendu Singh Solanki on Tuesday and arrested them. 

Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter to express his views about the unfolding incidents whilst taunting the government. "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" he wrote. 

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The Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected Rajasthan's final appeal to ban Padmaavat and ordered the government to screen the film.