Amidst the ongoing threats and controversies around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's new film Padmaavat, the Delhi police have made some tight arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents during the release of the film in the national capital.
Amidst the ongoing threats and controversies around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new film Padmaavat, the Delhi police have made some tight arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents during the release of the film in the national capital. The movie which stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in lead roles is set to release on Friday but the special screenings are being held on Thursday. According to a report by The Indian Express, the Delhi Police is taking the help of the vendors around the Cineplex and movie halls across the city to keep a tab on the movements of any fringe groups or miscreants during the release of the movie.
Apart from this, the senior police officers have reportedly briefed the district DCPs and Station House Officers to press the local staff in ensuring the security of the moviegoers and the cinema halls. “And if they find any suspicious gathering of such groups or activities immediately inform the local police station house officer or beat constable of that area,” said Special Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak.
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Meanwhile, the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said that bars and pubs will not be shut in wake of protests. He made the statement while denying reports that the bars and pubs have been ordered shut.
“We have already imposed (prohibitory orders under) Section 144 of the CrPC in the city but not directed pubs and bars to shut. All pubs and bars will remain open. The police are undertaking adequate patrolling,” Singh told PTI.
Hundreds of Karni Sena supporters and other outfits opposed to the film today staged protests near the Khidki-Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Jaipur national highway. Gurgaon Police chief PRO Manish Sehgal said the agitation ended after the police removed the protesters from the scene.
The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the saga of the 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi. The film has been facing protests by Karni Sena and other fringe groups over allegations that it distorts historical facts.