Indore: Extra cover in city to prevent ‘accidental’ ruckus over flick

Indore: Indore police had on Friday made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth release of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. Police deployed heavy force on all the cinemas screening the movie. A bulk of officers was deployed both outside and inside the theatres. The police took extra precautions while it positioned cops in civil dress to maintain peace and keep a hawk eye vigil on anti-social elements.

DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra said appropriate arrangements of security have been made at various cinema theatres to ensure the safety of cine-goers. However, no untoward incident was reported on Friday. Similar, arrangements will be maintained to guarantee safety of people whenever necessary.

Earlier, National Student Union of India (NSUI) state president Vipin Wankhede had said in a Facebook post on December 28 that theatre owners will be responsible for the consequences if the film is screened. Amidst the fear several city residents were seen at the screening.

Though no incident spearheaded by NSUI was reported, some activists of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) were “muzzled” by police from visiting a local multiplex in bulk. About 250 BJYM workers reached a city multiplex, with a band and before entering the cinemas, they shouted slogans against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and got into an altercation and later fracas with the police who were present there anticipating trouble. Later, the workers recited Vande Mataram and tried entering the cinemas.

BJYM’s local unit’s president Manasvi Patidar said, “in order to give a befitting reply to NSUI, we watched the film in this manner. It was Kamal Nath’s conspiracy of stopping us from watching the film. Even after checking our tickets, the police officers refused us entry to the cinemas.” He added that the workers were removed outside the mall following which they formed small groups and managed to re-enter inside and watch the film.

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