People protesting the release of ‘Padmaavat’

People protesting the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ went on rampage in Gujarat on Tuesday.

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Violence and arson hit Ahmedabad on Tuesday night shortly after a candle march by Karni Sena activists against the January 25 release of controversial Bollywood film Padmaavat.

More than 150 four-wheelers and two-wheelers were damaged as mobs went on the rampage after 8 pm, targeting three malls with multiplexes and a standalone theatre complex in the western part of the city.

Three city malls — Acropolis, Ahmedabad One, Himalaya Mall — and Cinemex, the standalone theatre complex, came under attack despite theatre owners in the city declaring they would not screen Padmaavat.

At least 16 people have been arrested from Ahmedabad after a mob went on a rampage outside Himalaya Mall in the city to protest against the release of ‘Padmaavat’.

After facing controversies over several days, the makers ‘Padmaavat’ screened the movie for a group of journalists in the national capital on Tuesday.

Karni Sena, which has been leading protests against ‘Padmaavat’, has named a six-member panel comprising erstwhile royals and historians to watch the film ahead of its release even as fringe outfits demanded an ordinance banning the movie.

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