MUMBAI: Violent protests have erupted in several states of India a day before the release of controversial film Padmavat.
Various Indian states including Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra and UP remained under violent protests, a day ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film.
Following the protests, Multiplex Association of India said it would not screen Padmaavat in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.
The association, according to HindustanTimes, represents about 75 percent of multiplex owners.
“We have decided not to play the film in four states — Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP and Goa — as the local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive,” Deepak Asher, president of the association said.
Protests in Haryana’s Gurgaon area blocked a highway and set government buses ablaze. The police had to use force to disperse an agitating mob in Lucknow.
HT report said Karni Sena members damaged two state roadways buses in Jaipur and blocked a road in the city’s Kalwar area scores of activists were held in Mumbai and Nashik.
Meanwhile, in Ahmedabad, the police arrested 50 agitators after they torched 30 bikes and scooters, parked outside cinemas.