Protests Mount: Stone Pelting At Malls, Chittorgarh Fort Shut

While Ranveer-Deepika-Shahid starrer Padmaavat releases tomorrow, protests across the country continue. brings you the minute-by-minute account.

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Protests Mount: Stone Pelting At Malls, Chittorgarh Fort Shut

As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat hits theatres tomorrow, the Karni Sena protests continue. Owing to the threats by the Karni Sena, the police has even assured protection to the moviegoers in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Haryana. Police personnel will be stationed at cinemas from January 24 to 26 to ensure the film releases smoothly.

However, the news of protests continues to grab headlines. There have been reports of stone pelting at PVS Mall, Meerut, where a preview of the film took place. Members of the Sena also have reportedly blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway and attacked public and private vehicles to protest against the release of the film.

Amidst the protests, Chittorgarh is also shut for a day. In Rajasthan, the police arrested the Chief of Karni Sena, Chittorgarh who had threatened that a bunch of ladies would commit Jauhar if the film was released. PTI reports suggest that over 35 supporters of Karni Sena, protesting against the release of Padmaavat were arrested by the police in Mumbai.

Just yesterday, PVR Ahmedabad released a statement mentioning that they will not release Padmaavat.  “PVR Cinemas is not screening the movie Padmavat at their theatres in Ahmedabad city,” read the statement.The decision comes in the wake of the ruckus created by the anti-social groups in Ahmedabad on Sunday. However, the decision of PVR didn’t help to curb violence.

Vehicles outside three malls in Ahmedabad were damaged by the protestors. “It is a matter of investigation that who exactly were behind these acts. We have arrested several persons who was involved in the violence," said Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh. The mob further went on to block the highway in the city and shouted anti-Padmaavat slogans.

A couple of days ago, about 200 women from Karni Sena and Jauhar Smriti Sansthan marched in Chittorgarh with swords claiming to end their lives if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Padmaavat, releases.

A certain amount of fear psychosis has engulfed the nation. Let's see if it effects Padmaavat's release and audience turnout at theaters tomorrow.  

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