In an escalation of protests against Rajkumar Hirani’s blockbuster PK, Bajrang Dal activists have vandalised theatres in Gujarat exhibiting the film for making fun of Hindu Gods and godmen and warned that its screening be stopped.
Besides Gujarat, the right wing activists also staged protests in Agra and Mau in Uttar Pradesh and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and tore posters of the film. There were reports that one theatre in south Mumbai’s Parel had stopped screening of PK.
Violent protests were held in Ahmedabad and in other parts of Gujarat and the activists compelled at least two theatres to stop the screening of the film that has grossed over Rs 200 crore in Indian box office in the first ten days since it’s release on December 19, 2014
Angry at the theatre owners ignoring the diktat not to screen the movie that has raised the hackles of a plethora of Hindu organisations, volunteers of the Bajrang Dal outfit descended on City Gold Multiplex and Shiv Theatre on Ashram Road in Ahmedabad, smashing glass panes at ticket windows to smithereens and tearing down posters.
By the time police arrived, the raiders had vanished.
“We are yet to identify the persons behind these attacks, which took place at around 10 am. We learned that the miscreants vandalized the ticket windows of both these theatres. We are now collecting CCTV footages to identify the persons. Theatre owners are in the process of lodging a case against the unidentified vandals.” informed the Deputy Commissioner of Police Virendra Singh Yadav.
Though the police did not name Bajrang Dal men as perpetrators, the right-wing organisation claimed responsibility and warned of similar protests in coming days if theatre owners did not obey their command.
“Around fifteen to twenty of our members today went to these theatres, which are screening Aamir’s movie PK. I am warning other theatres to stop the screening, otherwise, we will intensify our protest in the city in coming days,” said city Bajrang Dal Chief Jwalit Mehta, who led the attack.
However, The Supreme Court had recently dismissed a PIL which sought a ban on the poster of PK.
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