Padmavat row: Ahmedabad malls vandalised

A day before the release of “Padmaavat”, groups like Karni Sena, which have vowed to block the film in defiance of Supreme Court orders, intensified their protests that started last evening. Violence and protests were reported from parts of Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — the states that had initially banned the movie. In Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, police lathicharged protesters who damaged vehicles and forced shops to shut down. Several vehicle owners were injured. The Delhi-Jaipur highway was blocked by protesters. The Karni Sena has asked social organisations across the country to ensure that the movie can’t be screened.

In Rajasthan, distributors refused to screen “Padmaavat” citing the protests. Besides Delhi-Jaipur highway, traffic was hit on Delhi-Ajmer highway as protestrs burnt tyres. In Sikar, a bus was stoned. The Chittor Fort was shut down for the second time in its centuries-old history after Karni Sena members tried to break in.
In Haryana’s Gurgaon, protesters block the Wazirpur-Pataudi road and torched a bus in Sohna. The administration has banned protests within a 200-metre radius of movie halls till Sunday. Ir also said people armed with weapons or even objects “capable of causing injury” cannot be allowed near movie theatres. Many cinema hall owners have said they will not screen the film.



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