Will not allow Padmaavat screening at any cost, warns Karni Sena
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Will not allow Padmaavat screening at any cost, warns Karni Sena

In Ujjain, Karni Sena members blocked some roads by burning tyres to oppose the release of the film.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2018 15:33 IST
Agencies, Jaipur/Ujjain
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Members of a Hindu organisation carry posters and shout slogans against the release of the Bollywood film Padmaavat in Mumbai. (AP file)

Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Monday said he would not allow Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” to be released “at any cost” and warned that if cinema halls went ahead with the January 25 release it would lead to an “enormous outburst of people”.

He also urged other state governments that want a ban to come together to approach the Supreme Court.

Speaking to IANS, Kalvi said: “We will not allow the film to be released at any cost. The Supreme Court has directed the state governments to ensure release of the film, but not to us (Karni Sena).

“Once the film is released, the outburst of people will be enormous and cinema halls will be responsible for the cost. I request other state governments who had earlier declared they would ban the film to come forward and file a petition in the Supreme Court to stop the release of the film.”

In Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Karni Sena members on Monday blocked some roads to oppose the release of the film.

The Karni Sena staged blockades by burning tyres on roads connecting Ujjain to Nagda, Dewas to Maksi and Agar to Kota.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Sachin Atulkar said that the administration has urged the protesters not to take the law into their hands. “We have cleared the road after receiving a memorandum from the protesters,” he said.

There were also reports that protesters had pelted vehicles with stones on the Agar-Kota road. The SP, however, denied any incidents of violence. “There were small road blockades. We will take stern legal action if protesters disrupt law and order,” he said.

The apex court is to hear on Tuesday a plea by the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments seeking to block the release of “Padmaavat”.

The counsels for the two states on Monday mentioned the matter for urgent hearing seeking modification/clarification of the court’s January 18 order that stayed notification/orders of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana government banning the release of the film in the three states.

The court had directed that no state government would issue an order that might come in the way of the release of “Padmaavat” on January 25.

The Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments have moved the apex court taking the support of the Cinematograph Act where movie screening can be stopped on grounds of law and order in the state.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 15:32 IST