Pune attacked while Maharasthra govt offers security to SRK and My Name is Khan, arrests 1,200 Shiva Sena
Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010
Maharashtra govt offers security to SRK
30 Jan ’10
The Maharashtra government on Friday offered police protection to actor Shah Rukh Khan following Shiv Sena’s remarks against him and the tearing up of posters of his film My Name Is Khan. Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe said anyone taking law into their hands would be dealt with sternly. Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray, executive president Shiv Sena said that the state government should first provide apt security to Mumbaikars and then talk about players and games.
Maharashtra govt cracks down on Shiv Sena, 1200 arrested
AGENCIES, 10 February 2010
MUMBAI: In a major crackdown, city police have arrested over 1,200 Shiv Sainiks ahead of the release of Shah Rukh-Kajol starer ‘My Name Is Khan’ after the party stepped up its protest against the film over the actor’s IPL remarks. ( Watch Video )
The 63 theatres across the city that would screen Karan Johan directed ‘My Name…’ have turned into fortresses with heavy deployment of police. ( Watch Video )
“In the last 24 hours, over 1,200 Shiv Sainiks have been arrested. While 955 were arrested under the preventive action, the rest were put behind bars for different cases, including for protesting outside the theatres, vandalising screens among others,” said Ramesh Bagwe, minister of state for home affairs said.
The Sena activists, including office bearers, were charged with rioting, damaging property, unlawful assembly and trespassing, police said. Some people roaming near Broadway cinema at suburban Borivali today were picked up on suspicion that they might cause trouble.
Both Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan have held out the assurance of a smooth release of the film on Friday.
Tight security has been provided to 63 theatres across the city. Guidelines have also been issued to all police stations by the city police chief regarding security arrangements.
“We will provide all the security. I appeal to the people of Maharashtra to go and watch the film and not to be scared by such threats. In fact, I am also going to watch the movie,” Chavan said.
The Sena renewed its threat not to allow the release of the film days after party supremo Balasaheb Thackeray said there would be no disruption in the screening.
Khan has refused to tender any apology as sought by the Sena, saying he has not said anything wrong, which he needs to retract.
Upping the ante, Sena leader Manohar Joshi said, “We will not allow the movie to be released. Shah Rukh should first apologise to Balasaheb (Thackeray) and then only we can talk with him.”
In the wake of the protests, leaves of the city policemen have been cancelled to ensure their full presence. Personnel from State Reserve Police Force and Home Guards will also be deployed at the theatres, police said.
Karan Johar, director and co-producer of the film, said the film will be released as scheduled after he was assured by the Police Commissioner that adequate security will be provided.