Tight security keeps Karni Sena at bay as 'Padmaavat' releases peacefully

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A Haryana Roadways bus was set ablaze and another vandalised in Bhondsi area in Gurugram district by a group of around 50 men, alleged to be Shri Rajput Karni Sena supporters. The activist lives in a EWS colony and is not financially very well off. Members of the Hindu Jagran Manch were also present at the protest and tore down posters of BJP leaders and ministers that had been put there earlier. "We will continue our protest against the film in the coming days". Many film buffs returned frustrated from multiplexes and single screen theatres as there were no shows of the film. In Rishikesh, there were reports of protesters clashing with the police outside a movie hall. The Karni Sena has denied involvement in the incident, claiming it was a political plot.

On Wednesday afternoon, a mob carrying lathis and stones attacked a bus carrying 30 students and three teachers of a Gurgaon school. However, this change did not suffice the Karni Sena, who went on a rampage to spread violence.

Demonstrations and protests had taken place in various parts of the state, including Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Dungarpur and Banswara.

The police today said the situation was under control. "Policemen have already been deployed in affected areas", he said. Road traffic was disrupted for hours in the area following the violent protest by youths belonging to the Rajput community who had their faces covered.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film Padmaavat after getting delayed by a month had finally hit the theatres on January 25 but film's release did not stop the protesters to stage their agitation against its release even after Supreme Court's green signal.

The fate of Padmaavat has shrunk to the core and it seems Sanjay Leela Bhansali should have consulted an astrologer before starting the project.

On January 18, the court observed that its conscience was shocked by the States' decision to prohibit the exhibition of the film certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

ONE million people watched the film "Padmaavat" on its opening day on Friday across the country, except in four states, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, according to the film's producers.

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