Mumbai: Despite the Supreme Court’s order for a nation-wide release of ‘Padmaavat’, sporadic incidents of violence were reported from several states since Wednesday.
With Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ slated to hit the big screens on Thursday, security in several states have been heightened. Acts of vandalism were reported in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. In Gurgaon, adjacent to national capital Delhi, around 20-25 students of a leading Gurgaon school had a narrow escape when the frenzied mob attacked the school bus.
Protesters also burnt other buses and blocked roads.
Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the organisation won't allow the release of the film ‘Padmaavat’ and said "January 25 may come and go but we won't let the film release, come what may."
Several schools and companies have declared holiday after several threats. The Multiplex Association of India representing about 75 per cent of the multiplex owners said ‘Padmaavat’ will not be screened in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa.
‘Padmaavat’ has been at the centre of protests since shooting for started, with Rajput groups alleging that the film distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen of Chittor by suggesting romance between her and Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji.
Queen Padmini, who was said to have immolated herself to escape falling into the clutches of the invading forces of Alauddin Khilji, is looked upon as an icon by the Rajput community.
Here are the LIVE updates of the controversy surrounding ‘Padmaavat’:
04:38 pm: Members of various organisations vandalised a 'dhaba' located at Dewas, Maxi bypass in Madhya Pradesh in protest against Padmaavat. The protesters were removed from the spot after police intervention.
#WATCH: Members of various organisations vandalised a 'dhaba' located at Dewas, Maxi bypass in protest against #Padmaavat, protesters removed from the spot after police intervention. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/frCOPLY7Bz— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
03:39 pm: The 18 accused in connection with the attack on a school bus in Gurgaon have been sent to 14 days judicial custody by Sohna Court.
03:11 pm: Members of an organisation at Motihari in Bihar, staged a protest against movie 'Padmaavat'.
— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
01:10 pm: Clash broke out between Police and Bajrang Dal workers outside a cinema hall at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
01:03 pm: Condemning the incident in Gurgaon where protesters had pelted stones at school bus on Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "Yesterday some people pelted stones on school children in Gurgaon. I couldn't sleep entire night. If our children are pelted with stones on Republic Day eve, a few kilometeres away from nation's capital, it is a matter of shame for the entire nation."
12:50 pm: AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP have "meekly surrendered before people who are protesting".
This is nothing but 'pakoda' politics practiced by BJP. Prime Minister & his party have meekly surrendered before these people who are protesting. He has 56 inch chest only for Muslims: Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM #Padmaavat pic.twitter.com/37Chkd5pg3— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
12:34 pm: A man tried to self immolate outside a cinema hall at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Police have detained the man.
12:32 pm: Karni Sena members at Lucknow's Novelty cinema (Uttar Pradesh) gave roses to people and appealed to them to not watch the film. A protester says 'we will also compensate money of the tickets in case people have already bought'.
Karni Sena members protest at Lucknow's Novelty cinema, present roses to people and appeal to them to not watch the film. A protester says 'we will also compensate money of the tickets in case people have already bought' #Padmaavat pic.twitter.com/uezpold0lG— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 25, 2018
12:15 pm: 18 people arrested in connection with the attack on a school bus at Gurgaon in Haryana on Wednesday, will be brought to Sohna Court later on Thursday.
11:40 am: Protesters brandish swords, burn tyres in protest against 'Padmaavat' at Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
11:38 am: In Jaipur, Karni Sena members took out bike rally in protests against 'Padmaavat'.
11:33 am: Protests were carried out by Karni Sena stage 'Padmaavat' at Jaipur in Rajasthan. Shops were also vandalised in Udaipur during protests against 'Padmaavat'.
11:15 am: Delhi High Court refuses to entertain plea against 'Padmaavat'. The high court asked petitioner to approach Supreme court.
11:13 am: Contempt petition filed against four states in the Supreme Court, petitioner claimed that the four states had failed in their duty to maintain law and order.
11:05 am: Contempt petition filed in the Supreme Court against three members of Karni Sena for violating the Supreme Court order.
10:50 am: PVR Cinemas at Gurgaon's Ambience mall in Haryana will not be screeing 'Padmaavat'. The multiplex has put up a notice that says, "The screening of the movie 'Padmaavat' has been cancelled.
10:07 am: Congress leader Digvijay Singh said, "Films (here 'Padmaavat') which hurt sentiments of any religion or caste should not be made."
9:59 am: Security personnel have been deployed outside cinema halls at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Police said, "have not witnessed any protest yet, have increased security as a precautionary measure."
Also, security has been tightened outside cinema halls in Hyderabad on the day of the release of 'Padmaavat'.
Security at Ahmedabad in Gujarat has also been beefed up.
9:57 am: Theater in Rajouri Garden witnessed good turn-out on first day, first show of 'Padmaavat'. Movie-goers say, 'want to see the reason behind all that uproar'.
— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
9:46 am: Union Minister VK Singh said, "Freedom of speech and expression does not give an individual a right to tamper history. The matter can be resolved after holding talks with those who are protesting against the screening of 'Padmaavat'. There are chances of flaws when there is disagreement. (Abhivyakti ki swatantrta itihaas ko todphod karne ki ijazat nahi deti, toh jo viroh kar rahe hain unke saath baith ke isko suljhaya jaye,jab cheezen sehmati se nahi hoti hain toh phir usme gadbad hoti hai.)
Abhivyakti ki swatantrta itihaas ko todphod karne ki ijazat nahi deti, toh jo viroh kar rahe hain unke saath baith ke isko suljhaya jaye,jab cheezen sehmati se nahi hoti hain toh phir usme gadbad hoti hai: VK Singh,Union Minister #Padmaavat pic.twitter.com/gfzgtaQbwE— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
8:50 am: A cinema hall owner at Pune in Maharshtra said the situation is peaceful and the show peaceful.
"Its peaceful. Current show housefull. Police presence is here, our own security is also in place. All good as of now," Kishore Ganatra, E-Square cinema hall owner in Pune said.
Its peaceful.Current show housefull. Police presence is here, our own security is also in place. All good as of now: Kishore Ganatra, E-Square cinema hall owner #Pune #Padmavaat pic.twitter.com/U2f14SlqXi— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
8:20 am: Parents in Delhi and neighbouring states are worried about the safety of their child on the day of 'Padmaavat' release.
"There is panic, if school bus can be attacked in Gurgaon then can happen in Delhi also, even here there are cinema halls near schools, so have come to drop my child to school myself," said a parent in Delhi.
There is panic, if school bus can be attacked in Gurugram then can happen in Delhi also, even here there are cinema halls near schools, so have come to drop my child to school myself: Lalit, Parent. #Padmaavat pic.twitter.com/M4szQokwdH— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2018
Meanwhile, a parent at Faridabad in Haryana said, "As of now its peaceful here but it is indeed disturbing that in Gurgaon some schools are shut as preemptive measures due to protests. Failure of administration."
8:16 am: Udaipur ADM SC Sharma has issued an order stating that students in both government and private schools should not perform on the 'ghoomar' song from the film 'Padmaavat' during Republic Day celebrations.