The protesters allegedly belonged to Rajput group Karni Sena.
A video which went viral clearly shows how goons protesting "Padmaavat" targeted school bus carrying school kids and pelted stones shattering windows and scared kids crouching in a bus. I am not someone who has ever been excited so much about box-office numbers but I have to say that this time I am. Executive Magistrates and police forces have been deployed at sensitive places. "Rajputs can never even think of attacking a school bus".
Moreover, unidentified men vandalised the ticket counter of Indira Theater in Jammu where the film was released on Wednesday. It is quite ambiguous whether the vehicle is being torched or set ablaze during the protest. "We will investigate into the matter to identify which political group was involved in the act", Dharam Veer Yadav, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) told ANI.
Prohibitory orders have been imposed here till Sunday to maintain law and order in view of the Karni Sena's threat to target theatres screening the film.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria appealed the protesters to protest peacefully over the release of the controversial film.
He condemned the violence but kept his attack sharply on the ruling BJP in Haryana which, like some other BJP-ruled states, tried to ban the movie but were ordered to back off by the Supreme Court. Following the incident, the police have arrested at least 18 people in relation to the incident.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh will finally be released on January 25. "Some pre-emptive arrests too have been made and so far four FIRs have been registered in this matter", he added.
Sandhu said that the movie was being screened in 33 cinema halls in nine cities, including seven cinema halls in Gurugram, 11 in Faridabad, three in Hisar, one each in Sirsa and Fatehabad, six in Rohtak, two in Jhajjar and one each in Sonipat and Rewari.
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