Haryana Police today said that as many as 18 people have been held for allegedly torching a Haryana Roadways bus a few days back.
Hours after the release of the film Padmaavat across the country, Haryana Police today said that as many as 18 people have been held for allegedly torching a Haryana Roadways bus a few days back. It also said that the film has been released in nine cities in the state and that too in 33 cinema houses. “18 people have been arrested in connection with the attack on a school bus and torching of a Haryana Roadways bus in Gurugram yesterday, case registered,” Haryana Police DGP BS Sandhu was quoted as saying by ANI. Addressing a press conference, he further said that theaters have been given proper security and if anybody is found involved in unlawful activity, the person will immediately be arrested. All theaters have been provided with adequate protection. “Things peaceful now. If someone is found getting involved in unlawful activities, they would be immediately arrested and strict action will be taken. Government is providing full protection to those ready to screen Padmavaat,” he was quoted as saying further.
Earlier in the day, a number of multiplexes and movie theatre owners in places like Panchkula, Sirsa, Karnal, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Fatehabad in Haryana refused to screen the movie due to fear that protestors will attack their properties. Unaffected by controversies surrounding it and threat calls given by a number of fringe groups, movie lovers in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana were seen thronging cinema halls to watch the film.
In Punjab, the state police thwarted an attempt by a group who were trying to hold a protest outside a mall in Zirakpur, which is about 15 km away from Chandigarh. Heavy security arrangements were seen outside cinema halls and multiplexes showing the film in Amritsar, Patiala and Ludhiana. In Chandigarh, long queues were seen with people keen to watch the film.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film was released amid tight security in Ferozepur, Amritsar, Moga, Bathinda, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Gurgaon, Mohali, Nuh and Sonipat reports said. Meanwhile, in Delhi, the High Court rejected an appeal by a Rajasthan-based group seeking cancellation of the certification granted to the moving, saying that the Supreme Court had allowed the release of the movie. Apart from Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor are also playing important roles in the film.