Padmaavat Row: Karni Sena protesters vandalize cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

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Bihar, Jan 18: Despite the Supreme Court’s stay on the ban of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” by the Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments, the Karni Sena protesters on Thursday allegedly vandalised a cinema hall at Muzaffarpur in Bihar. 

 

“Around 40 activists of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena attacked Jyoti cinema hall in Muzaffarpur town, tore posters of ‘Padmaavat’, shouted slogans against its release and threatened to set ablaze the theatre if the film is screened,” a district police official said.

The police was, however, yet to act against the Sena activists.

According to the district officials, the police would scan the CCTV footage to take action in this case. “Police have started an investigation into the incident,” said an official.

The National Democratic Alliance government in the state, led by Nitish Kumar, has so far not decided whether the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-helmed film would be released in the state.

Bhansali has said the film is inspired by 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem “Padmavat” and that it’s a film Indians will be proud of.

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