Indore: Three days ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial movie ‘Padmavat’ on Thursday (January 25), right-wing outfit Rajput Karni Sena on Monday started intense protest against the release of the movie and staged ‘chakka jam’ for more than an hour on Bypass near Mangliya.

A large number of activists of the Karni Sena gathered on the Bypass road in noon and blocked both sides of the road with vehicles and started shouting slogans against ‘Padmavat.’ The protest led to a massive traffic jam of over an hour on the busy stretch throwing the area into a massive chaos.

The errant protestors burnt tyres in the middle of the road to bring traffic to a standstill and also, allegedly threatened the unsuspected truck drivers to stop them during the agitation. Commuters too had to face a tough time for more than an hour and their woes came to end only after police intervened and convinced the activists to end the blockade.

Though the Sena activists removed the blockade following the police intervention they formed a human chain on both sides of the road and started shouting slogans against the movie continuing the chaos. CSP Jayant Rathore said “No permission was taken for the protest and we will take action against the agitators if we get any compliant in the incident.” He further said that the police had prior information about the Karni Sena activists gathering on the Bypass and therefore, deployed force to control the situation.

SDM Ravish Srivastava, who too reached the spot during the agitation, denied having any information or permission given for the protest. “We will only allow peaceful protest and ensure no violent protest takes place in the city,” the SDM said. Meanwhile, Karni Sena’s Ram Singh Dikhit said that they were protesting against the release of ‘Padmawat’ as the movie hurts sentiments of the Rajput community.

“We will not allow screening of the movie in any of the theatres in the city. We have warned theatre owners not to screen the movie and also, appealing to the people to not watch the movie which hurts Hindu sentiments,” Ram Singh said.

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