Padmaavat controversy LIVE: Karni Sena calls for Bharat Bandh; student in Lucknow tries to immolate self

Padmaavat controversy: Massive protests in Sohna Road, Gurugram as fringe elements torch buses; protests continue throughout the country.

FP Staff January 24, 2018 21:53:04 IST
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Padmaavat controversy LIVE: Karni Sena calls for Bharat Bandh; student in Lucknow tries to immolate self


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Karni Sena supporters set fire to cars owned by one of them

In an incident which took place on Wednesday, Karni Sena activists reportedly torched a Maruti Swift car belonging to one of them during a protest in Bhopal, reported India Today.

Six people were detained in connection with the incident, according to India Today. A large group of activists then assembled at the MP Nagar police station demanding that a case not be registered.

20:59 (ist)

Gujarat Govt meets Rajput leaders, convinces them to refrain from participating in “Bharat Bandh”

According to a report in The Indian Express, Gujarat ministers met representatives of at least seven Rajput organisations in Gandhinagar and convinced them to refrain from participating in the “Bharat bandh” called to protest the release of the Bollywood film “Padmaavat” on Thursday.

The meeting held with 15-odd leaders was chaired by minister for law and justice Bhupendrasinh Chudasma and minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja. 


Jan 25, 2018 - 19:18 (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind's veiled attack against 'Padmaavat' protests

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday made a veiled attack on the protests against Padmaavat, saying disagreements should not mock a fellow citizen's dignity and personal space.

The president's attack in his first Republic Day eve address to the nation came against the backdrop of violence in some states by supporters of Rajput outfit Karni Seva who opposed the release of the Sanjay Leela Bansali-directed film on Thursday.

"A civic-minded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we respect the next-door person's space, privacy and rights. Where we do not inconvenience our neighbours while celebrating a festival or while resorting to a protest or on any other occasion.

"Where one can disagree with another viewpoint  or even with a historical context  without mocking a fellow citizen's dignity and personal space. This is fraternity in action."


Jan 25, 2018 - 19:14 (IST)

Will watch 'Padmaavat' with other Rajput leaders: Manish Sisodia

Condemning the attack on a school bus in Gurugram allegedly by Karni Sena supporters on Wednesday over the release of Padmaavat, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said he will watch the film with Rajput leaders like him and brief the people about it later.

"I am myself a Rajput. I was totally moved because of Wednesday's incident. This is a criminal act. I invited many Rajput leaders to discuss the recent developments and the violence (centering the movie). We are totally against these acts," Sisodia told media persons.

"I and many other Rajput leaders will watch Padmaavat Thursday and see what is the reality and then will brief people about the film," he said.


Jan 25, 2018 - 19:04 (IST)

Watch: Suraj Pal Amu being taken into custody by Gurugram police

Video courtesy: Sat Singh/101Reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 19:03 (IST)

Posters being removed from cinema hall in Mirzapur to avoid fringe elements

Image courtesy: Saurabh Sharma/101reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 19:01 (IST)

Bhupinder Singh Hooda blames BJP govt's failure for violence in Haryana

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleged that the violence in the state was a result of BJP government's failure in taking timely steps to take precautionary measures. "First BJP Govenment does not handle situation, then it get people killed by the bullets of police and Army", Hooda said in Bhiwani of Haryana.

- Sat Singh/101Reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 18:39 (IST)

Fear shuts out Padmaavat in Bhopal

Image courtesy: PTI

Jan 25, 2018 - 18:33 (IST)

Hope Indians across all states get to watch 'Padmaavat', say makers

As "Padmaavat" released in 4,000-plus screens in India, barring a few states, the movie's makers said the first day response has been overwhelming, but they hope Indians across all states get to watch it.

"We are humbled with the response we have received for 'Padmaavat'. Over 1 million Indians have already watched the film and occupancy levels for shows are very strong across more than 4,000 screens with most running housefull. The feedback for the film has been overwhelming," a Viacom18 Motion Pictures spokesperson said in a statement.

"We are grateful to the government, state authorities, police and our fans for making the opening a stellar success. We are hopeful that every Indian — across all states — will get a chance to see the film especially as we celebrate our great nation's 69th Republic Day," the spokesperson added.

Jan 25, 2018 - 18:27 (IST)

Gurugram police says will act against Suraj Pal Singh 'accordingly'

Jan 25, 2018 - 18:23 (IST)

Multiplex vandalised in Pilkuhwa locality in Hapur district for screening Padmaavat. - Saurabh Sharma/101reporters

Jan 25, 2018 - 18:22 (IST)
Schools in Gujarat's Mahisagar district asked not to use Padmaavat songs in Republic Day events
Government schools in Gujarat's Mahisagar district have been asked not to include programmes based on songs or scenes of the film Padmaavat during the Republic Day celebrations on Friday.
District primary education officer Kishor Jani on Thursday said that schools will organise several cultural programmes on Republic Day."The schools have been told not to include programmes based on songs and scenes of this film during cultural events to be held on 26 January," Jani said, adding, "It is a positive step to avoid any controversy."
He said the suggestion has been made to the schools as there has been a controversy over the film Padmaavat, and some parts of the state have witnessed violence.

Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial magnum opus Padmaavat, violent protests and vandalism have been reported in certain areas. Even after the Supreme Court of India's strict orders to screen the film without any opposition, these protests have continued (although state-imposed bans have been rolled back).

Over 35 supporters of Karni Sena, protesting against Padmaavat have been detained in Mumbai, claims a Mumbai Police official, according to PTI.

Padmaavat controversy LIVE Karni Sena calls for Bharat Bandh student in Lucknow tries to immolate self

Stills from Padmaavat.

According to news reports, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India will hear a plea on Monday (29 January) asking for deletion of scenes from the film.

The advance booking for Padmaavat tickets have come to a halt. Provinces like Kosi, Simanchal and East Bihar won't screen the film, reports stated. The Jagran report also claims that the police is taking stringent measures to ensure law and order in the state is maintained. DGP PK Thakur has given instructions to reinforce patrolling in volatile areas where chances of unrest are high.

The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is based on the saga of the historic 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi. The film has been facing protests by the Karni Sena and other fringe groups over allegations that historical facts were distorted in the flick.

The Supreme Court has earlier paved the way for the all-India release of "Padmaavat" on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat -- all ruled by the BJP — prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states.

(With inputs from PTI)

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