Protests in Gujarat over ‘Padmaavat’ Takes A Violent Turn
On Sunday, India saw violent protests by followers of the Rajput community against the publication of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s controversial period drama “Padmaavat”. These protests were observed across Gujarat on Sunday with the protestors damaging many buses and blocking roads. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, the senior state minister said such protests were quite natural and that the government was watching out for a legal opinion as a result of the Supreme Court’s order. On January 18, 2018, the Supreme Court had flagged the way for the movie’s nationwide release on January 25, 2018, thereby lifting the ban on its screening in BJP ruled states Gujarat and Rajasthan.
The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation also suspended its services in northern parts of the state, which is followed by the incidents of protesters damaging and setting many buses on fire. The police also issued a stern warning and organized more personnel in the affected areas. The apex court while lifting the ban had continued the orders and notifications issued by the Rajasthan and Gujarat governments, which prohibited the screening of “Padmaavat” that stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Vicious mobs set ablaze and damaged as many as eight buses in the past two days in the northern parts of Gujarat. Some protests were also held at some places in Gandhinagar, Kheda Banaskantha and Surat by members of the Rajput community with some stirring groups setting on fire a state bus on the Ahmadabad-Kheda highway this afternoon. Stones were also thrown at another bus at Unava village near Gandhinagar. The police officials said that activists also blocked several roads such as the Ahmadabad-Indore Highway and a road which connects Banaskantha to Rajasthan. Police also said that in Surat, members of the Karni Sena of Rajput and some groups took to streets in the Katargam, Kapodra and Puna areas.