Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh Government has asked police to act tough against anyone trying to disrupt shows in movie theatres in the state.
With Deepika Padukone starrer Padmaavat finally releasing across the country on Thursday, Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh Government has asked police to act tough against anyone trying to disrupt shows in movie theatres in the state. As per NDTV, state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered all senior police officials across the state to ensure that the movie is screened peacefully, without any disturbances. However, tension could be felt across cinema halls in Noida, with armed policemen and fire tenders stationed at important points in case of any trouble. The movie has been facing a lot of protests by fringe groups over allegations that it distorted history and defamed queen Padmavati. In Lucknow too, the film released in a number of multiplexes, although not any of them actually reported being house full.
“We expect a better turnout in the later shows. In the morning shows, the halls were not full because of two reasons – the cold and tension in the minds of people that the halls may be attacked by fringe groups objecting to the movie,” PTI quoted a hall manager saying. As per a senior official, heavy security arrangements have been put up across cinema halls and nobody will be allowed to take the law into own hands. All district police chiefs have been asked to ensure that the force remains alert across the state with anti-riot gear. Senior officials have been asked to keep an eye on the situation to avoid any untoward incident.
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However, a number of cinema halls and multiplexes in Gorakhpur have refused to screen the movie fearing violence and damage to property. On Wednesday, some members of a fringe group, Kanpur Kshatriya Mahasabha, declared cash prize to anyone who chops off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose. Earlier on Monday, leaders of the Rajput Karni Sena had met Yogi Adityanath and urged him to ban the film in the state. Last week, the Supreme Court cancelled the ban on the release of the film in three states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It also asked other states, not to issue any such notification or ban the screening of the film.