Six activists of All-India Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad, led by state PWD minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, were arrested by the Mahim police on Saturday for allegedly defacing the hoarding of the controversial movie Aarakshan, opposite St Michael’s Church at Mahim junction.
The incident occurred at 2.30pm when activists and 15 workers of the RPI blackened the hoarding and tore the poster. They also staged demonstrations outside the Andheri office of film-maker Prakash Jha, which was later provided security.
Aarakshan, which deals with caste–based reservation, is set to release on August 12. “It’s fair only if my film is judged after it has released. The Censor Board cleared it without a single cut. I don't understand why everybody is up in arms. The police have been very helpful in taking care of my office and dealing with the violent protests,” said Jha.
“We will decide our next step at a congregation of tribals at Raipur. No one has seen the movie. It shouldn’t portray adivasis wrongly,” said NCP state president Madhukar Pichad.
The activists, arrested for breach of prohibitory order under the Bombay Police Act, were released on bail later.