On the backdrop of violence in various parts of India a day before the release of film Padmaavat, Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said law and order must be maintained and she would be happy if it is released in Bengal. Meanwhile, Kolkata police has already alerted all police stations and cops will be deployed inside and outside multiplexes and movie theatres where Padmaavat is being released tomorrow. Violent protests broke out in different parts of India a day before the film’s release.
“Everyone should adhere to the verdict of the court. It is a constitutional body. The name has also been changed from Padmavati to Padmaavaat. Government’s must adhere to court verdict. I will be happy after it releases in Bengal,” said chief minister speaking with media persons at Nabanna (state secretariat).
“Law and order must be maintained. The organizations who are creating trouble are pro-BJP organizations. Like Bajrang Dal and others. BJP must restraint such organizations. I appeal for peace,” said Mamata Banerjee.
In November last year, amidst the controversy, Mamata Banerjee in a public meeting had announced support for the film and welcomed Sanjay Leela Bhansali to Kolkata for the film’s premier. “If they cannot release it is any other state, we will make special arrangement for Padmavati. Bengal will be happy and proud to screen the film,” she had said. Meanwhile, Kolkata police has made special security arrangements keeping in mind the release of the film.
“No hooliganism will be tolerated. If anyone tries to create trouble we will take action as per law,” said a senior Kolkata police officer.
All police stations have been alerted especially those which cover multiplexes and movie theatres. Armed policemen will be present inside and outside all movie theatres where the film is being released. Added to this special police teams headed by senior officers will make rounds of movie theatres are surrounding areas to prevent any untoward incident.
As per police total 20 movie halls will be screening Padmaavat in Kolkata. Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Supratim Sarkar said: “Elaborate arrangements have been made for 20 movie halls. Any disturbance in screening Padmaavat or any violence as a protest against the film will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken.”
Meanwhile, the chief minister extended her wishes to all Kanyashree girls on the occasion of the National Girl Child Day. Mamata said the Kanyashree scheme has become an international model. “Today is the National Girl Child Day. We are proud of our Kanyashree girls. Our scheme for the girl child is an international model now. My best wishes to all,” she wrote on her Twitter handle this morning.