Padmaavat Row: 15 Protesters Arrested In Pune


Pune: A day before the release of ‘Padmaavat’, protests against the film intensified across several states with members of several fringe outfits taking out rallies, blocking roads and damaging vehicles.

Earlier in the day, 48 people were arrested in Ahmedabad for indulging in violent acts over the film’s release. In fact, on Tuesday night, dissenting outfits unleashed violence and arson in parts of the city.

At least 15 people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the violent protest against the release of film ‘Padmaavat’ in Maharashtra’s Pune. “Fifteen people have been arrested at Sinhagad road and their interrogation is underway. Protesters had vandalised several vehicles by shouting slogans to ban ‘Padmaavat’ yesterday,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Pravin Mundhe told.

An FIR has been registered today in this connection. 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 of the movie theaters.

Yesterday, the top court refused to modify its earlier order on controversy-ridden Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat. 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.