'Padmaavat' row: Petrol bomb thrown inside theatre

Last Updated 28 January 2018, 14:02 IST

In an attempt to set on fire a cinema hall showing the controversial film "Padmaavat", two unidentified persons threw a petrol bomb inside it, police said today.

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.

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.

No major damage was reported by the theatre's owners, police said.

Security was tightened at the three cinema halls - Chandra, Maya and Karniwal - screening the film after the incident, the officer said.

The Sanjay Leela Bansali-directed period drama has been marred by controversies since the time it went into production.

Fringe Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, have protested against the movie alleging that it distorts history and shows Queen Padmini in "poor light".

The filmmakers have repeatedly denied the allegations.

Similar incident at Mumbai:

Unidentified people hurled a petrol bomb outside a cinema hall, at Kalyan in Thane district, on Saturday night.

The incident took place outside Bhanu Sagar theatre at 9.10 pm, where Padmaavat was being screened.

There were no reports of any injuries and No arrests have been made so far.

(Published 28 January 2018, 06:34 IST)

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