Mumbai, (Mumbai): The Mumbai Police on Thursday stepped up the security of actor Deepika Padukone after the Shri Rajput Karni Sena threatened physical harm to the actor if she did not refrain from “inciting public sentiments”, a senior officer said.
Karni Sena leader Mahipal Singh Makrana on Thursday invoked the chopping of Surpanakha’s nose in the Ramayana while making the threats and seeking a ban on Ms. Padukone’s film Padmavati.
“The Mumbai Police have increased Ms. Padukone’s security after the outfit issued the nose-chopping threat,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said.
The police will also provide security at her residence and office in Mumbai.
They have already provided protection to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali after the Rajput community organisation protested outside his office in Juhu last Saturday.
Organisations like the SRKS have been protesting against the release of the film, claiming that it distorts history and hurts sentiments. The SRKS has called for a country-wide bandh on December 1, the day the film is slated for release.
Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said that if needed, the government will provide security to the cinema halls as per protocol.
Ms. Padukone had on Tuesday hit out against those protesting against the release of Padmavati, and reportedly said, “we’ve regressed as a nation”.
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