Bareilly, January 24: With no end to protest against the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat even after the order from the Supreme Court, local fringe groups in Uttar Pradesh have issued warning to cinema halls screening it. In Bareilly, a member of Akhil Bhartiya Chhatriya Mahasabha Sukhbir Singh Bhadoria has threatened “to plant bombs in cinema halls showing Padmaavat”. Also Read - Violating MHA Guidelines? West Bengal Allows 100 Per Cent Occupancy in Cinema Halls
“We will plant bombs in cinema halls… Modi must stop the movie’s release. If it doesn’t happen, I will kill the director of the movie Bhansali (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) with my own hands,” Bhadoria said on Monday, the Hindustan Times reported. (Also read: Padmaavat Fans Defy Karni Sena Diktat; Paid Previews And Shows Till Sunday 80% Full) Also Read - Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Legal Trouble, Gangubai Kathiawadi's Son Moves Court Seeking Restraining Order
Another member of the group, Bhuvneshwar Singh, had threatened to attack Parliament and burn the Supreme Court. (Also read: Padmaavat Review: Ranveer Singh As Alauddin Khilji Is Delicious, Electric, Hypnotising!) Also Read - Gauahar Khan Does Zaid Darbar's Makeup Before Nikaah in This Cute Video Going Viral on Instagram
Bareilly Police has registered an FIR against unidentified persons and charged them with sedition. “FIR has been registered at Kotwali police station under section 124A( Sedition), 506(Criminal intimidation) of IPC and relevant sections of IT Act,” said superintendent of police of Bareilly Rohit Singh Sajwan. (Also read: Padmaavat Protests Turn Violent in Ahmedabad; Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor Demand Ban on Movie)
The Supreme Court had on January 18 paved the way for the nationwide release of the movie on January 25 by staying the ban in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The apex court on Wednesday refused to give an urgent hearing to plea seeking deletion of certain scenes from the movie.
On Tuesday, members of the Karni Sena staged a protest against Padmaavat at a private mall in Kanpur. Agitated members of Rajasthan-based outfit barged into the mall demanding a complete ban on the film’s release. “They tore film posters, damaged property and manhandled the mall staff”, Station House Officer (SHO), Kakadev, Ajay Kumar Singh had said.
Security Beefed up For Padmaavat Release
Security has been tightened in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane ahead of release of Padmaavat in view of threat of violence by the Rajput Karni Sena. Security has been beefed up outside cinema halls and multiplexes across Mumbai and adjoining areas. The controversial movie is being released on over 140 screens including multiplexes and single-screen movie theatres. However, many of the cinema halls have decided against putting up posters of the movie as safety measure.
The Mumbai Police said it is prepared to tackle any untoward situation and will take strong action against anyone trying to disturb law and order in the city.
“We will provide adequate security and will not allow anyone to take law in their hand. We are all prepared for tomorrow,” Deven Bharti Joint commissioner (Law & Order), said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jayakumar Rawal has appealed people to avoid watching Padmaavat in cinema halls.
Violence in Ahmedabad, Gurugram
Scores of persons protesting against the impending release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat went on rampage in Ahmedabad Tuesday evening, burning vehicles and pelting stones even as cinema halls announced they would not screen it despite Supreme Court orders.
Police said around 200 protesters went around multiplexes on the upmarket SG Highway in Ahmedabad and burnt down more than a dozen two-wheelers and other vehicles as well as pelted cinemas with stones. However, there were no reports of injuries.
In Gurugram, the police have imposed Section 144 in view of Karni Sena’s threat against Padmaavat’s release. The Haryana Government, which had earlier banned the release of the movie, said that it would implement Supreme Court’s order and provide security to cinema halls showing Padmaavat.
The protesters threatened the district administration to be ready to face mass protests if the film was released and screened in Kanpur.
The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles, is based on the saga of a historic 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.
With inputs from PTI