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After Deepika's call for action, 5 arrested for destroying Padmavati rangoli

The arrested persons were identified as Vikramsinh Sekhawat, Shambhusinh Rathod, Narendra Chaudhary, Shailendra Rajput and Sanjaysinh Gohil.


Reportedly, five persons were arrested on Thursday, 19 October, including four members of outfit Karni Sena and one from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

The arrested persons were identified as Vikramsinh Sekhawat, Shambhusinh Rathod, Narendra Chaudhary, Shailendra Rajput and Sanjaysinh Gohil, according to an official. The arrests were made under various sections of Indian Penal Code including 141, 149 (unlawful assembly), 451 (trespassing) and 427 (mischief causing damage).

The arrests came a day after actress Deepika Padukone on Wednesday, 18 October, urged Union Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani to take action against the attackers who ruined artist Karan K's rangoli depicting a poster of Sanjay Leela Bhansalis Padmavati in Surat.

Artist claims his Padmavati rangoli was destroyed by mob

"Absolutely heartbreaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least," Deepika tweeted, along with photographs showcasing the before and after of the alleged attack.

"Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? Allow them to take law into their own hands and attack our freedom and right to individual expression time and again," questioned the actress, who essays the title role in the historical drama.

Padukone then tagged Irani and wrote: "This has to stop now and action must be taken! Smriti Irani."

On 15 October, Karan tagged Padukone on the micro-blogging site and wrote: "A crowd of 100 people cried Jai Shri Ram and rubbed out my 48 hours intense work!"

The artist also shared two photographs on social media. In one image, he can be seen making a rangoli inspired by the poster of the film, while the other shows the artwork completely vandalised by attackers.

Padmavati also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

In the film, Padukone plays the role of the Rajput queen Padmavati, while Shahid will be seen as Raja Ratan Singh and Ranveer will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji.

During its production, the film witnessed many ups and downs.

Earlier this year, activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalised the movie's Jaipur set over alleged distortions in the film's script.

The film's crew was forced to move to Maharashtra to continue shooting. Still, an outdoor set of the historic period drama in Kolhapur was burnt down after two dozen unidentified people torched it.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has maintained it will oppose screening of the film if the facts are "distorted".

Padmavati, presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, is set to be released on 1 December.