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Padmaavat release: Malls and theatres vandalized in Ahemdabad after Karni Sena holds a candle march
Ahead of the official release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period film Padmaavat, massive violence including acts of arson, vandalism hit Ahmedabad on Tuesday night against the screening of the movie, according to the report published in the Hindustan Times.

As per the report, the protests turned violent shortly after some fringe activists belonging to 'Shree Rajput Karni Sena' held a candle march.

Around 150 vehicles including four-wheelers and two-wheelers were vandalized as mobs went on a rampage after 8 pm, targeting three malls with multiplexes and a standalone theatre complex in the western part of the city.

Surprisingly, these malls and theatre complexes came under attack despite the theatre owners having declared that they would not screen 'Padmaavat', citing the sentiments associated with the Rajput (Kshatriya) community.

At least 16 people have been arrested from Ahmedabad after a mob staged a violent agitation outside Himalaya Mall in the city against the release of the movie.

"The CCTV footage will be examined and more arrests will be made," confirmed a senior official to the media.

Earlier, the Karni Sena, which has been opposing the film, had named a six-member panel comprising of erstwhile royals and historians to watch the film ahead of its release while some fringe outfits had demanded an ordinance banning the periodic drama.

On January 25, the Supreme Court of India had paved the way for the nationwide screening of the film, staying all notifications and orders issued by all four BJP-ruled states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat that prohibited the exhibition of the film.

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