Indian police detain dozens protesting against controversial movie
Jan 25, 2018, 01:40
The incidents of arson coincided with the visit of RajputKarni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi, who is spearheading the protests against the movie across the country.
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"We have made a request through a letter to theatre owners for not screening the film".
Violence over the film, "Padmaavat", reached the outskirts of India's capital just as New Delhi began to receive southeast Asian leaders for a major summit on Thursday, to be followed the next day by a parade and celebrations of India's Republic Day. The movie has gotten great online reception, and if it is allowed to release smoothly, it could do great business.
The G D Goenka World School students were on their way home when a group of around 60 protesters, believed to be members of a fringe group, attacked the bus with bamboo sticks asking the driver to stop the vehicle. In Mathura, the railways had to reschedule the movement of trains as protestors threatened arson.
There were protests reported in Mathura, the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Meerut, Lucknow, Gurugram, Jammu and outside Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, among several other cities.
At least 100 suspects had been detained and could face charges over the riots, a senior police officer in Ahmedabad told AFP. Forty-four persons were reportedly arrested on Tuesday night alone.
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat (earlier called Padmavati) will finally see the light of the day tomorrow i.e. on January 25.
Police further 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. The bench said that it is the duty of the state to maintain law and order in the state.
Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh play the roles of Padmavati and Sultan Alauddin Khalji in the film produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmavaat should be banned, there should be a self-imposed curfew by people".
"The government should either ban the film, or give us the permission to kill ourselves", one of the women told Indian broadcaster Times Now. The women are not in favour of watching Padmaavat and say that they support the decision of preventing movie halls from screening the film.
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In Haryana, the state police lathi-charged protesters after they defied the Supreme Court's orders clearing the release of the film, and vandalized public property.
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