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Padmaavat fallout: Day after violence, Gurgaon tense but peaceful

Miscreants try blocking a road in Sector 10; no other untoward incident reported from Gurgaon on January 25. 1,500 to 2,000 police personnel, including a 550-strong battalion from IRB, Bhondsi, were deployed across Gurgaon

gurgaon Updated: Jan 25, 2018 22:48 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
Hindustan Times
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Large police teams were deployed at each multiplex and theatre screening Padmaavat on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A day after violence shook Gurgaon, the city remained tense but largely peaceful as heavy police presence ensured there was no untoward incident on account of the movie Padmaavat being screened in theatres on Thursday.

With Section 144 of the CrPC in force, large police teams were stationed at all malls screening the controversial movie, and in sensitive areas across the district.

Each mall was guarded by a team of 30 police personnel. Fifteen were stationed at the mall, as another 15 patrolled the neighbourhood.

A total of 1,500 to 2,000 police personnel, including a 550-strong battalion from IRB, Bhondsi, were deployed across Gurgaon on Thursday.

Barring a minor incident, in which a handful of miscreants tried to block a road in Sector 10, no untoward news was reported from anywhere in the city on Thursday, the police said.

On Wednesday, in addition to torching a state roadways bus, pelting stones at a school bus and blocking roads, protesters burnt a mini truck on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway near Narsinghpur late at night.

Locals said that a group of men on motorbikes first stopped the truck, and then set it on fire. Police has filed a case in this connection.

The police rounded up a total of 32 people in Gurgaon for incidents of violence on Wednesday.

Gurgaon ACP Heera Singh, who was posted at Bhondsi police station, said, “Those who are involved in violence, whether in Bhondsi, at Raheja Mall or any other place, would be brought to justice. They are being identified and will be arrested soon.”

Haryana director general of police BS Sandhu said Padmaavat was being screened in 33 cinema halls across nine cities of the state. In Gurgaon, seven cinema halls screened the film, in Faridabad 11, three in Hisar, one each in Sirsa, Fatehabad, Sonepat and Rewari, six in Rohtak, and two in Jhajjar.

“Additional force from Bhondsi and reserves from the police line were also deployed to maintain law and order. Sensitive areas, in particular, saw large police presence and this has ensured that nothing untoward happened on Thursday,” public relations officer of Gurgaon police Ravinder Kumar said.

To secure the Sohna Road area, which has a number of Rajput-dominated villages, the police distributed the stretch from Subhash Chowk to Badshahpur Chowk to Bhondsi, to Sohna city into three zones.

In every zone, an ACP was appointed with 20 personnel each, for patrolling. Apart from this, personnel from respective police stations were deployed.

Though cinema halls saw lean footfall, police said theatres could screen Padmaavat that due to the security measures taken.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 22:48 IST