Hindustan Times (Delhi)



light. In Uttarakhan­d, the screening happened without any trouble as protesters did not show up at cinema halls in Dehradun, where adequate police security was provided. Additional director general of police (law and order) Ashok Kumar said they had declared a policy of zero tolerance towards violence.

In other northern states, Haryana was the most tense with cinema owners in many towns and cities such as Sonepat, Karnal and Rohtak not screening the movie. However, there was no report of violence.

Cinema owners screened the film in Lucknow as armed policemen were stationed at vantage points and fire tenders waited in readiness in case of trouble. Only in a few towns such as Gorakhpur the movie was not screened.

In Bihar, Karni Sena members blocked roads at more than halfa-dozen places and stopped train movement at Chapra, Nalanda and Gaya despite police ensuring cinema hall owners that adequate security would be provided. In neighbouri­ng Jharkhand, the movie was screened despite some protests.

In southern states, the film was screened amid security without any problem except in Coimbatore where protesters stalled the movie in a few cinema halls. In Maharashtr­a, the movie was shown in all theatres.

In Gujarat, the bandh called by the Karni Sena evoked a tepid response with educationa­l institutio­ns, offices and markets open in most parts of the state.

In Mehsana city, the police said they lobbed two tear gas shells when a mob which tried to block a road and shut shops near Modhera Cross Roads. No one was injured in the incident, they said.

Over 20,000 policemen as well as paramilita­ry personnel were deployed across the state to thwart any attempt to disturb peace, the police said.

In Uttar Pradesh’s temple town Varanasi, a man attempted to immolate himself but was stopped from doing so. In Madhya Pradesh, educationa­l institutio­ns remained open but commercial establishm­ents were closed in places such as Indore, Ujjain and Gwalior. time when the Supreme Court is hearing a slew of petitions about whether Aadhaar violates right to privacy and personal freedom.

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