Attempt to burn SRK effigy outside city hotel foiled

Right-wing groups continued their protest on Sunday against film star Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) who is in the city to shoot for his upcoming film `Raees’.On Saturday , protesters had pelted stones on a car in SRK’s convoy and, on Sunday , they tried to burn an effigy of the actor outside a hotel on Ashram Road.

Police have arrested seven members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) who had indulged in stone pelting on Saturday , for rioting. Around 17 members of the BJP Yuva Morcha have been detained for the attempt to burn the actor’s effigy on Sunday .

Those detained and arrested by the police said they were protesting against the statement Shah Rukh had made on intolerance in India. Later, however, the actor had apologized for his remark.

Sunday’s incidents were the second time in the past 10 days in which the actor was targeted by right-wing organizations. Earlier, the VHP had protested at shooting locations in Bhuj. After that, the police were forced to increase security for Shah Rukh and the film crew .

Following Sunday’s incidents, the state police have decided to further increase security for Khan and the film crew ahead of the upcoming shooting schedules.On Sunday , a team of 70 policemen led by a DCP-rank officer was supervising security arrangements at the hotel as well as the shooting location, Sarkhej Roza.
A Vadaj police officer said that the fire officer of the Hyatt Regency hotel, Hitendrasinh Gadhvi, had filed a complaint against a group of 8-10 people alleging that they had indulged in stone-pelting. “The protester’s had arrived on bikes near gate mber 4 at around 4.30 am on Sunday. CCTV footage number 4 at around 4.30 am on Sunday . CCTV footage rom the spot shows the men shouting slogans against Shah Rukh Khan and throwing stones. Windows of a car, used by the film crew, were damaged in the incident,” said the police officer.
Inspector of Vadaj police station, VG Rathod, said that the city crime branch had identified the persons involved in the incident, on the basis of the CCTV footage.The crime branch had handed over the footage to the po ice station for further investigation.
“We had also received information that some protesters were going to burn an effigy of Shah Rukh Khan outside the hotel at around 2.30 pm. We cordoned off the area and detained the protesters,” he said.v


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