Due to protests by Hindu organizations in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, Gwalior and Bhopal cities, several cinema halls canceled the screening of Shah Rukh Khan’s film “Pathan” on the opening day. Anticipating protests, tight security arrangements were made outside cinema halls in the state. Members of the Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the film in metropolitan Indore, after which Muslims in the city’s Chandan Nagar and Khajrana retaliated. On the complaint of City Mufti Syed Sabir Ali, a case has been registered against some unknown people at Chhatripura police station in Indore. Police force has been deployed in communally sensitive areas of Indore.
Bajrang Dal men allegedly raised slogans outside Kastor Talkies in Indore, following which Muslims protested outside Chandan Nagar and Khajrana police station. He also submitted a memorandum to the local police. Muslim religious leaders met the Indore police chief and demanded action against those who raised provocative slogans outside the theatre. Apart from capital Bhopal, theaters were also protested in Gwalior, Jabalpur, Rajgarh, Datia, Morena, Guna, Ratlam, Neemuch and Dewas. There are reports of protests being held outside.
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