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Padmaavat row: Section 144 enforced near theatres, multiplexes, malls in Gurgaon

Heavy presence of security personnel at multiplexes, markets, single-screen theatres; 400 policemen pulled in for screening on Thursday as Shri Rajput Karni Sena plans “peaceful protest” across the country

gurgaon Updated: Jan 23, 2018 23:00 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
Padmaavat,Sanjay Leela Bhansali,Ranveer Singh
Police force was deployed in large numbers at malls and multiplexes in Gurgaon on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)

Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat on Thursday, the district administration has enforced Section 144 near multiplexes, cinema halls and malls till Sunday.

The Gurgaon police officials have also stepped up security measures outside multiplexes and cinema halls.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena members have also stated that they will carry out a ‘peaceful’ march in the city on Wednesday.

Owing to the possibility of disruption in law and order situation, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh enforced Section 144 on Tuesday evening against people carrying firearms or other weapons that can cause injury.

“There’s a likelihood of some disturbance by some anti-social elements in and around the cinema halls/multiplexes in the district… presence of such persons within 200-metre radius from the cinema halls/ multiplexes is likely to cause disturbance in maintaining law and order… (I) am satisfied that directions under CrPC are necessary to impose,” excerpts from the order read.

The order will be in place till Sunday, the order further stated.

As per police officials, there will be heavy police presence, including Rapid Action Force and Quick Reaction Team (QRT) at major public areas screening the movie such as malls, markets and single-screen theatres.

In addition, 400 personnel from police headquarters have also been called in for Thursday’s screening of the movie.

“All directions, as per the Supreme Court order, have been implemented and strict action will be taken against those who disrupt law and order,” Ravinder Kumar, public relation officer of Gurgaon police, said.

On Tuesday, Rajput- and Gujjar-dominated villages such as Alipur, Wazirpur, Ghamroj and Nareda held panchayats and decided to stage a peaceful demonstration against the release of the film on Thursday.

“Protesters will gather at Subhash Chowk on Sohna Road at 10am on Wednesday and, subsequently, proceed to Sector 29 where they will make offerings before the Maharana Pratap statue. We will peacefully proceed to all movie theatres and multiplexes in the city, mainly located at Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road and Sohna Road and request managers of cinema halls to not screen the movie and give them flowers in exchange as a symbol of gratitude,” Jitender Chauhan, national executive member of Shri Rajput Karni Sena said.

During the inauguration of underpasses at Rajiv Chowk and Signature Tower, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that action will be taken against those breaking law and order as and when the movie releases.

The possibility of disruption to law and order is also prompting residents to stay indoors.

“I was stuck on Sohna Road when protesters blocked traffic on Sunday. With the movie releasing on Wednesday, I’ll prefer to avoid undergoing a similar scenario,” Mihir Kohli, a resident of DLF 5 said.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court also dismissed the pleas of the state governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seeking modification of court order and appealing to stop the release of the movie.

On Monday, Shri Rajput Karni Sena founder-patron, Lokendra Singh Kalvi had said that although he is certain the movie will not be released, there would be a “janata curfew” (public curfew) if it is screened in theatres, calling upon managers of cinema houses and patrons to boycott the movie.

He also said that there will be protests outside all theatres in the country that screen the movie.

Later, miscreants with faces covered vandalised a mall on Sohna Road and a bus at Narsinghpur although Karni Sena members denied their involvement in the incidents.

On Sunday, 15 people, who claimed to be members of the Karni Sena, were arrested on charges of vandalising the DND toll plaza in Noida. Several rallies and protests were also organised by the group’s members in Gurgaon, effigies of the movie’s producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali were burnt and traffic blocked.

BOX: Safety arrangements made

  • Section 144 imposed in the city against people carrying firearms or other weapons that can cause injury within 200-metre radius of multiplexes, cinema halls, malls.
  • Police force including Quick Reaction Team (QRT) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) will be stationed outside major multiplexes and cinema halls.
  • Police have procured additional 400 officials from its headquarters in Panchkula.
  • Karni Sena members to hold peaceful protest in the city
  • Villagers from Alipur, Wazirpur, Ghamroj, Nareda to stage peaceful demonstration on Wednesday at Subhash Chowk.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 22:59 IST