Ranchi/Giridih: Karni Sena, being vehemently criticized for attacking a school bus filled with children in Gurugram, hit another low today, when they threatened Giridih’s BJP MLA Nirbhay Shahabadi and Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Giridih Vijaya Jadhav, with dire consequences while protesting the release of Padmaavat in Giridih, Jharkhand. They were seen threatening to burn the duo alive. The guy who was seen spitting verbal venom was later seen disrespecting the national flag by lying down on road with the tricolour. Giridih is around 200 kilometres away from Ranchi.
Padmaavat, one of the most controversial movies of recent times was scheduled to release nationwide on January 25. Swaran Chitra Mandir, a cinema hall owned by Shahabadis, the family to which the Giridih MLA belongs to, was also scheduled to screen the film, hence workers belonging to Karni Sena gathered near the cinema hall demanding the film not to be screened. Shahabadi family has a strong Bollywood connect. They made a name with hit Bollywood film Nadiya Ke Paar.
Also the fact that Nirbhay Shahabadi is a two time MLA, didn’t stop the fringe elements from disrupting law and order. “We will burn Shahabadi and his family alive if they dare to run the movie,” threatened a Karni Sena protestor.
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But he did not stop there. “We will also burn the SDM Vijaya Jadhav. And no one will come to their aid or cry for them,” screamed the agitator. He was seen abusing the lady IAS officer along with Shahabadi.
Vijaya Jadhav, a 2015 batch IAS and has conducted several raids to contain illegal activities in the town, right from being appointed as the SDM, Giridih. But, recently, she came under attack for not allowing high decibel Disc Jockey (DJ) music being played during Saraswati Puja. She was criticised for her stand by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and many other right-wing organizations. And many believe that today’s threat could be an extension of it.
Padmaavat, a period film by Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been facing opposition from Karni Sena, across India, as they believe that film is a distortion of history, where the honour of Rajput queen Padmini alias Padmavati is being compromised on. When the film was being shot in Jaipur, they had not only vandalized the film set up but had also slapped the director Bhansali. They also threatened to chop of actor Deepika Padukone’s nose. Padukone plays the titular role in the film. They had also vandalized a beautiful rangoli made by an artist Karan K while the film was being promoted in Gujarat mall.