Padmaavat protest turns violent in Ahmedabad; shops vandalised, vehicles torched

Padmaavat Protest

New Delhi, Jan 24: A protest against release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in Gujarat turned violent on Tuesday night when groups of people vandalised shops at a mall and a cinema hall in Ahmedabad and targeted vehicles parked. Nearly a dozen two-wheelers, many of them belonging to a fast-food chain, were gutted, reported NDTV. The incident took place in Ahmedabad’s Thaltej.

The police had to resort to firing in the air at two locations as hundreds of Karni Sena activists taking out a candle-light march turned violent.

In a separate incident, a mall and the adjacent shops in Ahmedabad’s Memnagar were vandalised and vehicles were also torched in protest against the film.

“We had put up boards saying we won’t screen the film still the mall was attacked by a horde of men,” Mall Manager Rakesh Mehta said.

“Some anti-social elements were behind the violence. We will take stern action against them,” Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said.

Ahmedabad police Commissioner A.K. Singh said the police would not allow any kind of violent protest in the city.

As per the latest reports, police picked up 48 people on Tuesday night under Act of Rioting and 4 FIRs have been registered.

Violent protests by members of the Rajput community were also witnessed across Gujarat on Sunday, with agitators damaging buses and blocking roads.Following incidents of protesters damaging and setting buses on fire, the police issued a stern warning and deployed more personnel in the affected areas. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) also suspended its services in northern parts of the state.

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