LIVE UPDATE: Padmaavat protest | Ghumar banned in Udaipur
Reports of buses being damaged and torched in Udaipur late last night have caused panic in the city. The Roadways administration has decided to cease plying of public roadways buses till 1AM tomorrow morning
Multiplex Association of India has announced the they will not be releasing “Padmaavat” on their theater screens in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh, following which the Udaipur District Administration has also issued a formal circular, banning the “Ghumar” song.
The Office of the Collector has taken the decision on a memorandum issued by the Karni Sena. The memorandum also requests that “Ghumar” song not be played, sung or performed on Republic Day, in any of the districts schools, colleges or other institutions. The administration has also issued a letter to the district office of the Department of Education to exercise restraint. Copies of the circular have also been sent to the university registrars, colleges as well as the Police.
Shops and establishments in Udaipur are also being closed down by members of the Karni Sena. Shopkeepers in Udaipur are apprehensive of the aggression being displayed by members of the Karni Sena and the inability of the administration or police to do anything about it. Shops are being shut gradually across the city. Heavy police has been deployed across the city to prevent untoward incidents from occurring. VIDEO OR PROTEST IN UDAIPUR
Violent protests against the release of Padmaavat continue in some parts of the country. The Delhi Jaipur highway was blocked by protesters at Gurgaon, burning of effigies and tyres on the Vazirpur-Pataudi road. Reports of incidents have also been reported from Bhopal. 18 people were arrested for the attack on a school bus in Gurgaon yesterday, they will be presented in court today. Reacting to the bus immolation attempt, Haryana Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said, “it is a worrying incident,and I am sure there will be a solution to this whole issue today. हमें ऐसी घटना का अंदेशा नहीं था“.
Bombay Police has also become vigilant and suspects are being arrested before hand. Over 100 people related to the protests have already been arrested in Bombay. A few theaters in Mumbai and Pune however are running houseful shows of the movie today. The movie was also cleared for release in Pakistan earlier today morning.
There are also reports of public bus movement being restricted over night and today due to the incidents happening in parts of Rajasthan, especially near Udaipur and Chittor. Reports of buses being damaged and torched in Udaipur late last night have caused panic in the city. The Roadways administration has decided to cease plying of public roadways buses till 1AM tomorrow morning.
In an incident late last night, over 25 people attacked a roadways bus enroute on the Dungarpur-Jaipur route, attempting to torch it. The driver, however, managed to manoeouvre the bus and took it straight to the Mavli Police Station.
Lucknow and parts of Uttar Pradesh also seem to have been affected by the aggression. A man was arrested for attempting self immolation outside a theater in Varanasi today at 12:40PM. He was detained by the police Karni Sena members protested outside a cinema in Lucknow around the same time today. However, the members just requested the audience not to watch the film and also said that they will reimburse the money to those who have already purchased tickets.
Reacting to the situation, Asaduddin Owaisi of the AIMIM said, “This is nothing but ‘pakoda’ politics practiced by BJP. Prime Minister and his party have meekly surrendered before these people who are protesting…”
Further, movie theaters in Delhi where the movie is being screened, have avoided putting up posters of the movie outside their property, to avoid any untoward incidents. Heavy security has been deployed outside the house of Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Mumbai meanwhile.Media Reports