‘Padmaavat’ row continues: School bus attacked, bus burnt, Chittorgarh fort shut


As the release date of ‘Padmaavat’ is drawing closer, the protest took a violet turn when protesters of the Karni Sena pelted stones at a bus carrying school students in Gurugram. It is a very unpleasant incident as little school kids are also not spared from the protest for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s periodic drama.

Stones were thrown at GD Goenka School bus carrying school kids near Bhondsi in Sohna, leaving the glass windows open.  The driver, Parvesh Kumar, said no one was injured and the attackers left the spot when the police arrived. One of the teachers who was present in the bus said that due to showers of stones children were made to sit on the floor of the bus.

Looking at the intense situation, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal highly condemned the incident and wrote, “Utterly shameful. More disgusting is the complicity of those govts who r allowing it thro their inaction.”

He also tweeted, “If all state govts, central govt and SC together cannot get one movie released and run safely, how can we expect investments to flow in? Forget FDI, even local investors wud feel hesitant. Not gud for already dwindling economy. Bad for jobs.”

Not only Gurugram but various uncanny incidents were reported from other states of the nation.  

Few protestors even burnt a govt bus in Haryana. Security at the theaters in Delhi has been beefed up. 

Meanwhile, the government of Uttar Pradesh has assured full safety to the moviegoers. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, “We will ensure safety to the theatres and take stern action against those taking law and order into their hands.”

Security has been beefed up in Ahmedabad and police has been deployed outside malls in the city. Also the Multiplex Association of Gujarat and Rajasthan has decided to not screen the film. There have been reports that the ticket windows at Indra Cinemas, Jammu have also been vandalised.

In Meerut, protestors pelted stones at PVS Mall, Meerut, where a preview of the film took place. Members of the Sena blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway and attacked public and private vehicles, protesting the release of the film.

Over 35 supporters of Karni Sena were arrested by Mumbai police protesting against the film release.

Meanwhile, PVR Ahmedabad released a statement mentioning that they will not release ‘Padmaavat’.  “PVR Cinemas is not screening the movie Padmavat at their theatres in Ahmedabad city,” read the statement.

Three vehicles outside a mall in Ahmedabad were damaged, “It is a matter of investigation that who exactly were behind these acts. We have arrested several persons who was involved in the violence," said Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh.

Chittorgarh Fort was shut for few days as couple of days ago, about 200 women from Karni Sena and Jauhar Smriti Sansthan marched in Chittorgarh with swords claiming to perform jauhar if Bhansali’s magnum opus, ‘Padmaavat’, releases.