Indore: District administration opted for inactiveness as Karni Sena and other organizations held the city residents to ransom. Even though these organizations had already intimated the police beforehand about their plan to organize a chakka jam, threaten mall owners against screening of Padmavaat on Wednesday, the men-in-khaki opted for a stoic silence.
Instead of taking action against them, the gutless police and district administration remained mute spectators forcing people to face the trouble created by the agitators. Meanwhile, city theatre owners fearing attack by Karni Sena and other fringe groups, declared that the film won’t be released in the city on Thursday.
Traffic goes haywire
Despite information, the district administration and city police failed to provide relief to the citizens from the troubles like traffic jams created by activists of Karni Sena, Kshatriya Mahasabha and other such organizations on Wednesday. A large number of commuters had to face massive traffic jam at Regal Square on Wednesday evening as the protesters block roads and set effigies of Bhansali and films on fire to express their anger against the controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’.
Police didn’t take any action against the protesters led by senior leaders of both the BJP and the Congress and forced the citizens to face the ordeal as very long queues of vehicles were witnessed at RNT Marg, Shastri Bridge and MG Road. Claiming it to be a ‘peaceful’ protest, activists of Rajput outfits burnt effigies and posters of Bhansali and Padmaavat at the square leading to jams.
Addressing media persons on Wednesday, one of the leaders, Mala Thakur said: “We won’t allow the movie to be released in any condition. Bhansali has just cut a few shots from the original movie and he had distorted the history in the movie.” Similarly, Congress leader Raghunandan Parmar said the movie should be banned across the nation. He said, “We will stage demonstration at Rajwada on Thursday as well and will request the theatre owners not to screen the movie.”
Why the protest?
Most of the commuters stuck in traffic jam questioned why the Rajput outfits are protesting when the movie will not be released in the city.
Cops standing mute during protest
“I crossed the Shastri Bridge in 20 minutes, which usually takes only five minutes due to the protest. The delay cost me an important meeting but whom should I blame as the policemen were standing mute during the protest.”
Akanksha Dubey, Professional
Why innocents pay for police failure
“If there is something wrong in the movie then it should be banned but what is the need for creating trouble for innocents. The police and administration should ensure public’s safety and should not allow any such protests causing traffic jam and chaos.”
Vivek Wagh, Assistant Director
Police, admn fail to act
“Police and dist administration failed in controlling the situation even when the agitators informed in advance to hold protests at one of the busiest squares of the city. It is already announced that there is no distributor for movie then why the protest.”
Parmanand Sisodiya, Former Corporator
Violence not the way to protest
“Violence should not be the way to oppose film. Karni Sena and other organizations are protesting against the movie which causes trouble for people. They staged chakka jam on Tuesday and became cause of traffic jam on Wednesday which troubled many people including patients.”
Ashok Patidar, Car Dealer