PM must speak on 'Padmaavat' violence: Congress

28 January, 2018, 00:11 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Padmaavat violence: Haryana govt to provide high security to theatres

Several fringe groups, including the Rajput Karni Sena, have been opposed to "Padmaavat", indulging in rampant arson and violence a day before the film's release. In Bhopal, a vehicle was set ablaze against the release of the film. (Credit: PTI) Protestors burned down motorcycles in Ahmedabad.

The petitioner was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla who stated that the four these states (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan) had failed in their duty to maintain law and order.

Attacking the state's Bharatiya Janata Party government, Surjewala said: "The government which can not bring law and order under control has no right to remain in power". "The BJP's use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire".

Padmaavat was supposed to hit the screens on December 7, 2017, but its release and certification were delayed and stalled because of repeated protests and threats of violence by Rajput groups led by the Rajput Karni Sena. The state governments and cinema owners are also fearful of more violent acts in the future and hence, are calling off the scheduled screenings of the film. "People from your party have used the "power of stones" to attack schoolchildren", says Sisodia.

Earlier in the day, reports said clubs and bars in the district had been ordered to stay closed from 7 pm on Wednesday till further orders.

Vinay Pratap Singh, in a statement, said, "Direction under section 144 is necessary to impose restrictions on the presence of persons carrying firearms and other articles capable of causing injury, raising slogans and exhibiting placards within 200-metre radius of cinema halls/multiplexes under Section 144".

Recalling the incident, the bus conductor had said that protesters were pelting stones on cars and clashing with police. "All pubs and bars will remain open". I am not someone who has ever been excited so much about box-office numbers but I have to say that this time I am.



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