Fringe elements protest Padmaavat release in Delhi, vandalise cars

In all these places, protesters raised slogans and threatened that they would not allow the screening of the movie in the cinema halls of Delhi.

delhi Updated: Jan 24, 2018 23:22 IST
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Protests were also reported in Rohini, Prashant Vihar, Wazirpur and Timarpur but no violence was reported in these places, said the police.

Miscreants protesting against the release of the film Padmaavat created ruckus in different parts of the city throughout Wednesday and a group even went on to vandalise several cars in northwest Delhi’s Maurya Enclave.

Protests were also reported in Rohini, Prashant Vihar, Wazirpur and Timarpur but no violence was reported in these places, said the police.

In all these places, protesters raised slogans and threatened that they would not allow the screening of the movie in the cinema halls of Delhi.

In one of the incidents, a group of men wearing orange bands on their heads, tried to march towards PVR multiplex in outer Delhi’s Prashant Vihar at around 11.30am. However, their bid was foiled by the police, said DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta.

“There were some demonstrators who came near PVR Prashant Vihar. We managed to detain some 20 or 25 men while the rest of them dispersed,” said Gupta.

Nearly half an hour after this, the police was informed of a group vandalising property in Maurya Enclave, Outer Ring Road. They broke windows of at least half a dozen of cars parked near a market. The shopkeepers immediately shut their shops down. While locals said the group was of nearly 150 men, police said the number was smaller.

“A group of 15-20 men damaged the cars in Maurya Enclave and tried to block traffic but ran away when we arrived,” said deputy commissioner of police (northwest) Aslam Khan. Police suspect some protesters at Maurya Enclave reached there after being driven away from Prashant Vihar as the two localities were nearby.

Delhi Police also denied that the protest was an organised one.

“It was a minor incident committed by a group of fringe elements. No organised groups were involved in it. Our personnel acted swiftly and dispersed the mob. Delhi Police have made adequate security arrangements to ensure no untoward incident takes place in the city,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma.

Some men on bikes also allegedly tried to block a road in Wazirpur Industrial area and videos claiming the same surfaced online, but DCP Khan said no such situation arose.

The one in Timarpur was by a small group which was turned away by the police and no untoward incident was reported, said DCP (north) Jatin Narwal.

A much larger group also comprising of nearly 100-125 demonstrators protested peacefully near Rithala Metro station where they reached at 4pm and left after two hours.

“We have roped in Central forces too and would ensure that the movie is screened peacefully. Anyone who tries to break the law would be strictly dealt with,” said Delhi Police chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak.

SECURITY TIGHTENED, 100 MEN COURT ARREST IN PROTEST IN FARIDABAD

FARIDABAD: Security has been tightened around all the cinema halls in Faridabad in view of Gurugram incident and threat from Shri Rajput Karni Sena to disrupt screening of the movie. However, Padmavaat was released in some cinema halls late on Wednesday here with no untoward incident reported from any part of the city.

The activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha along with its state president Umesh Bhati held a demonstration in Faridabad on Wednesday outside SRS Mall in Sector 12. The activists courted arrest, who were made to board police buses. They were released later.

Meanwhile, police spokesman said that security has been tightened in almost all the multiplexes where the movie Padmavaat is being released. The two cinema halls as per officials released the movie on Wednesday.

In view of the attack on school bus in Gurugram protesting release of Padmavaat, security has been increased in the city and all the mall owners are ensuring maximum and tight security.

“Our forces are alert. Security personnel have been deployed in strength at every multiplex to ensure to untoward incident takes place”, police spokesman said.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 23:21 IST