Protests against 'Padmaavat' intensify in Gurugram; clubs, bars to remain shut

Clubs and bars in Gurugram have decided to remain shut from 7 pm today till further order in the light of protests against the film.

Protests against 'Padmaavat' intensify in Gurugram; clubs, bars to remain shut
Pic Courtesy: ANI

New Delhi: A day before the release, protests against 'Padmaavat' continue to storm Gurugram on Wednesday. Protesters in Gurugram's Sohna torched a bus and pelted stones in protest against the film.

"Issued directions to field units, Additional police forces has been sent out with direction that law and order shall be maintained throughout the state. Maximum possible preventive arrangements will remain in place for tomorrow," Mohd Akil, ADGP Law & Order, Haryana said.

Clubs and bars in Gurugram have decided to remain shut from 7 pm today till further order in the light of protests against the film. Meanwhile, security forces have also been deployed outside INOX Gurgaon Dreamz.

"Law and Order situation is under control. At some places people tried to take law in their hands, situation has been controlled promptly and action has been initiated against the hooligans," Akil added.

On Tuesday, Gurugram's District Magistrate had announced that Section 144 would be in place within a 200-meter radius around film halls till January 28. The imposition of Section 144 prohibits the presence of persons carrying firearms and others articles capable of causing injury, raising slogans and exhibiting placards.

Section 144 was also imposed in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Budh Nagar, a day earlier, which includes Noida and the order will continue to be in effect for the next two months.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had allowed a country-wide release of the controversial movie on January 25. Despite the apex court's decision, several organisations are protesting against the release and have warned exhibitors of "serious consequences" if they screen the film.

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