Mumbai Police has detained over a thousand of Shiv Sena activists to
avoid any disruption or violence during the release of the Bollywood
flick ''My Name is Khan'' on Friday.
The police has also provided special
security to movie theaters screening the film. Applications for
leave of all policemen has been cancelled to ensure a full presence.
Police personnel from the State
Reserve Police Force and the Home Guards will also be deployed at
the city's 63 theaters, where the movie will be screened.
Meanwhile, movie theaters have closed
down advance bookings for ''My Name is Khan'', fearing attacks by
Shiv Sena activists before and during the screening of the movie.
activists had on Tuesday attacked several cinema halls that were
supposed to screen Shahrukh Khan's flick.
workers managed to enter the halls and damage screens of the Metro
theater in south Mumbai and the Huma Cinema at Kanjurmarg using
Activists pelted stones and broke the
glasses of Mehul cinema in suburban Mulund. They also tore down
posters of the movie outside Fame cinema in Pantnagar and R-City
Mall at Ghatkopar.
filmmaker Karan Johar had on Tuesday met Mumbai Police Commissioner
D Sivanandan and sought police security ahead of the film's
The representatives of the film's
distributor, FOX Searchlight, had also met the top Mumbai cop along
with multiplex owners.
Chief Minister Ahok Chavan had on Tuesday issued a warning to Shiv
Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray that his security would be
withdrawn if he broke the law.
The Shiv Sena is upset with Khan's
statements that Pakistani cricketers should be allowed to play in
the Indian Premier League (IPL) inspite of the 26/11-terror attack.