Padmavati can cause law and order problem: UP government to Centre

Henrietta Brewer
November 16, 2017

"Such protests are happening in UP and other states like Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Delhi", the UP Home Department has said in its letter.

Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan today joined the chorus of voices against upcoming Bollywood film "Padmavati" and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film, saying it hurt religious sentiments.

The letter also states that this has been brought to the notice of the UP government that makers of the historical saga have submitted the film before the Censor Board for certification. "A few organization have already threatened to oppose the release of the film which may vitiate the law and order situation in the state", pointed Kumar. In the letter, Kumar wrote that "while movies based on facts, with positive stories, motivate and influence the society to move on the right path, movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional stories create a vicious atmosphere in the nation and society, develop social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order".

The Principal Secretary Home said that it would be very hard for the state to provide security cover for the release of the film as forces would be deployed to ensure peaceful counting votes for local bodies polls and passing of Barawafat. UP government has also said that municipal polls are scheduled in the state on November 22, 26 and 29 and counting is due on December 1.

Bhansali has been facing the ire of various groups and self-styled experts on what they term as "erroneous" depiction of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati.

Protesters are demanding that the movie scenes have changed and also demanding that screened removing of the controversial scenes. Also, Uttar Pradesh government want to postpone the Padmavati movie because the UP state civic polls result to be declared on 1 December 2017.

"Keeping in view the protests against the movie by some organisations, the force should remain alert, especially at all malls and cinema halls with anti-riot equipment", Singh said in his directives to all district police chiefs. "The trailer has hurt the sentiments of some people and Bhansali will have to respect their feelings".

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