Thane (Maharashtra) [India], Jan. 28 (ANI): A petrol bomb was allegedly hurled at a cinema hall, screening ‘Padmaavat’, in Kalyan city of Thane district on Saturday; however, it failed to explode. Also Read - Over 200 School Students, Staffers Test Positive For Coronavirus in Maharashtra Hostel | Lockdown Likely?

According to witnesses, the bomb was hurled at about 9 pm, minutes before the screening of the film ended. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra Reports 8807 New Cases, 80 Deaths; Districts Asked to Ramp up Testing

Reportedly, the film theatre is located near a gas station and situation could have been worse if the bomb had exploded. Also Read - UPSC Exam 2021: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Last Attempt Civil Service Candidates

“It was a pretty big bomb and its impact could have been severe had it exploded,” said a witness outside the cinema hall.

The police, reportedly, have launched a manhunt to arrest the accused person(s).

The protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus refuse to die down. Multiple states in the northern, western and central regions of the country have been witnessing protest against the Deepika Padukone starrer film, which allegedly has misportrayed Rajput queen Padmavati.

After undergoing modifications and a legal battle, the film finally hit the theatres on January 25 and despite Supreme Court clearing the way for its release, its screenings continue to face the wrath of protesters, especially of Rajput Karni Sena. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.