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Petrol bomb hurled inside Muzaffarnagar theatre screening 'Padmaavat'

Monday January 29, 2018 9:41 AM, & Agencies

Padmaavat Protest

Two unidentified persons on Saturday hurled a petrol bomb inside a cinema hall showing "Padmaavat" - the Sanjay Leela Bansali film, police said.

The incident took place on Saturday evening at the Chandra Talkies. The theatre is one of the three cinema halls here showing the movie, Circle Officer Harish Bhadhoria said, according to PTI.

The perpetrators are yet to be identified. They came on a motorcycle and tried to set the hall on fire by throwing a petrol bomb, he said.

This is second such incident in as many days.

A petrol bomb was allegedly hurled at a cinema hall in Kalyan city of Thane district in Maharashtra on Friday. Luckily, both the bombs failed to explode.

Violent protests in different parts of India is reported ever since the Supreme Court of India lifted the ban on the screening of "Padmaavat", earlier to be released with the title "Padmaavat".

The film was released on January 25 - a day before Republic Day, amid protests in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and other parts.

While the protesters set on fire vehicles, buses and also attacked malls, the frenzy turned to its ugliest when a school bus with children inside was attacked in Gurgaon.

The protests in some parts are led by Karni Sena, which alleged that the film distorts history and shows Queen Padmini in "poor light". The filmmakers have repeatedly denied the allegations.

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