As time is closing in for the release of ‘Padmaavat’, fringe groups have vowed to stop screening of the movie in cinema halls and movie theatres in defiance of Supreme Court orders.
The fringe groups have intensified their protests across the country. Rajput women in Chittorgarh have threatened to commit 'Jauhar' after burning effigy's of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Violence and protests have been reported from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — the states were the governments had banned the movie.
According to reports, protesters have blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway and in UP’s Etawah police had to lathicharge to disperse fringe groups who damaged vehicles and forced shops to shut down.
On Tuesday night, violence and arson hit Ahmedabad. Protesters damaged or torched around 150 four-wheelers or two-wheelers. They had targeted three malls with multiplexes and a standalone theatre complex.
Here are the LIVE UPDATES
23:01 pm: We will not screen the controversial film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa: Multiplex Association of India
23:00 pm: There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP's use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire: Tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi
22:25 pm: Protests will end only when PM Modi or Amit Shah come forward to speak: BJP's former chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu
22:24 pm: I appeal everyone to boycott. It'll add to nation's dignity: BJP's former chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu
22:23 pm: A school bus was attacked, wouldn't have been able to forgive ourselves had a child got injured. I appeal to protest peacefully: BJP's former chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu
21:58 pm: Haryana chief minsiter had earlier said seeing the public sentiments, cinema halls should not screen the movie. But SC gave the order, SC order is binding and CM has said that those cinema halls who want to screen the movie will be provided security: Haryana Minister Anil Vij
20:25 pm: Government’s must adhere to court verdict. I will be happy after it releases in Bengal: West Bengal Chief Minster Mamata Banerjee
20:24 pm: Everyone should adhere to the verdict of the court. It is a constitutional body. The name has also been changed from Padmavati to Padmaavaat: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
20:22 pm: Whatever is happening is sad and wrong. Now, I also cannot stop it. People are angry and their are showing their anguish on roads: Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi.
20:21 pm: If you don't stop Padmaavat's screening, the country will burn: Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi.
20:19 pm: Schools and colleges to remain open, says says Gurgaon district magistrate Pratap Singh.
20:18 pm: Section 144 imposed in Gurgaon. It'll be in effect till 28th Jan. Executive Magistrates and police forces deployed at sensitive locations, says Gurgaon district magistrate Pratap Singh.
20:16 pm: 13 people detained in connection with school bus attack, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar.
20:15 pm: Mall managers have been asked to tighten their internal security, says Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar.
6:52 pm: Ticket counter of Indra Cinemas in Jammu has been vandalised, an eye witnesses says protestors raised slogans against the movie.
6:50 pm: Protests staged in the area near Chittorgarh Fort against Padmaavat.
5:06 pm: Fringe groups attacks school bus in Gurgaon.
5:03 pm: Arvind Kejriwal tweets, "If all state govts, central govt and SC together cannot get one movie released and run safely, how can we expect investments to flow in? Forget FDI, even local investors wud feel hesitant. Not gud for already dwindling economy. Bad for jobs"
5:02 pm: Protests take place near Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan for the second day in row.
4:12 pm: Police detain around 20 Karni Sena members in Nashik. A leader of the group had threatened to drown themselves in the dam.
4:01 pm: Meerut Police starts search operation to nab 10 masked men who pelted stones at PVS mall.
4:00 pm: A bus torched by protesters Gurgaon’s Sohna Road.
3:40 pm: Wave multiplex in Lucknow cancelled Wednesday’s premiere show of Padmaavat.
3:30 pm: Protesters pelted stones at a mall in Meerut.
3:10 pm: Stones pelted at PVS mall in Merrut. Police deployed to thwart untoward incident.
2:20 pm: 48 protesters have been arrested in Ahmedabad.
2:10 pm: Mumbai Police takes 100 Karni Sena supporters under preventive detention.
1:45 pm: Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi says, “Oppose Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie. We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmavaat should be banned. We won’t let the film get releases, come what may.”
1:41 pm: Security beefed up in and around Gurgaon’s SRS cinemas.
1:40 pm: Fringe group stop a train at Bhuteshwar railway station in Mathura.
10:20 am: Gujarat Police arrests at least 16 persons from Ahmedabad after a mob went on a rampage outside Himalaya Mall in the city to protest against the release of ‘Padmaavat’.
10: 19 am: Police examining CCTV footage to nab the people behind Tuesday night rampage.