CM non-committal on action over protest against ‘PK’ in his city

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2015 22:33 IST

A day after screening of the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’ was suspended after a local multiplex was vandalised, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday remained non-committal on any action against the violent radical Hindu organisations.

The police had nabbed three people from Super Mall at Sector 12 for allegedly indulging in rioting on Thursday. However, they were let off in the absence of a complainant in the case.

Leaders of the local Bharatiya Janata Party unit, including senior deputy mayor Krishan Lal Garg and party’s district vice-president Deepak Dhawan, remained present at the civil lines police station till all those caught by the police were released on Thursday evening. Officials of the mall and multiplex were not available for comments.

No social or political organisation has made any comment about the development reported in Karnal, a constituency represented by the chief minister in Vidhan Sabha.

Hindustan Times had reported the presence of Khattar’s confidant Jagmohan Anand, who is co-spokesman of the state BJP, and Dhawan at a protest at Committee Chowk here on Thursday where they at the forefront in raising slogans against the film’s cast and crew.

It was for the first time that the BJP officer-bearers had come out in the open to oppose the film and both saffron party leaders from Karnal also participated in the effigy burning of the filmmakers.

On Thursday evening, a group of slogan-shouting members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal entered the mall and tore movie posters. They forcibly entered the Movietime multiplex at the mall that led to the suspension of the film’s evening show.

Meanwhile, Khattar who was in the city to address a BJP workers’ meeting refrained from making any comment on the involvement of the senior party leaders in a protest against the screening of the film.

“Uss film ke barree mein kai charchayen hai, bhavnayon ko dekhte huye job hi uchit karywahi hogi, ki jayegi. (There are different views on the film, ‘PK’, and we will work keeping in view of the sentiments),” Khattar told reporters after the workers meeting.

Meanwhile, deputy superintendent of police Karan Goel told HT on Friday that the individuals were taken into the preventive custody but in the absence of any complainant, they were released.

“A group of people had barged into the mall and allegedly indulged in rioting. Though several of them fled the spot before the police arrived on the scene, three men were rounded up. As no one, including the mall owner, lodged any police complaint, all were released. However, the police have personal details of individuals detained on Thursday and about the incident. A criminal case could be initiated, if any eyewitness or the mall management lodges a complainant,” said the DSP.

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