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Padmaavat protests: Mobs go on rampage in Ahmedabad 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' is facing controversy from various fringe groups. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 24, 2018, 03.18 AM (IST)

With just a day shy of Padmaavat's release, tension seems to intensify in various parts of the country. 

Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, has been witnessing a series of protests since a couple of days. The state government's move to beef-up the security across the state was challenged and toyed with when multiple multiplexes, shops and public property were vandalised by protesters. 

Tuesday night saw Ahmedabad getting subsumed by chaos as mobs attacked shops, vandalised vehicles and pelted stones. 

Wide Angle Multiplex and PVR Cinemas at various locations in the city were attacked. Close to 200 vehicles are reported to have been vandalised. 

Deputy CM Nitin Patel urged people not to watch the film and noted that the state government had previously decided to ban the film keeping in view the sentiments of the Rajput community.

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The apex court stay on the ban sparked an outcry in people, he noted. 

Most theatre owners in the state had voluntarily decided not to screen Padmaavat, Patel was quoted by PTI.

"We had put up boards saying we won't screen the film. Still, the mall was attacked by a horde of men," a mall manager told ANI.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus was cleared by the Censor Board last month under the UA certificate.

The Board had also suggested a few modifications in the content of the film without which the film was not allowed a release. 

Four states -- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan -- decided to ban the film, a move which was stayed by the Supreme Court. 

The Deepika Padukone starrer is now all set to release tomorrow. Police personnel will be stationed at theatres from January 24 to 26 to ensure Padmaavat's hassle-free release. 

(With inputs from agencies)