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Padmaavat protest: Violence against the release of Bhansali’s film across India; buses torched, stones pelted

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Karni Sena members protest against the release of film 'Padmaavat' in Rajasthan. PTI Photo

As a mark of protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat‘, the Karni Sena torched buses in Gurugram. Earlier, a group of people stopped a train at Bhuteshwar railway station in Mathura in protest against the release of film. The protestors also denounced the director of the movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Several incidents of violent protests are surfacing in different parts of the nation against the release of the movie. In some states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Haryana, the members of Karni Sena have resorted to burning posters and vandalising the ticket counter.

Earlier, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said that team Padmaavat cannot be allowed to earn profit by defaming Rajputs. The Karni Sena also condemned the violence erupted against the release of the film. Yesterday, Kalvi had urged people to impose curfew in cinema halls and stop screening of the movie ‘Padmaavat’.

On Tuesday, the top court refused to modify its earlier order on controversy-ridden Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus. The apex court had earlier set aside the notification passed by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to ban the release of Padmaavat.

The epic drama, based on 16th-century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem ‘Padmavat’, is all set to hit the cinema halls on January 25.