Police on Friday evening used water cannon on the Congress workers who were protesting against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut near a film shooting venue in Betul district in Madhya Pradesh.
The MP Police had deployed heavy security in Sarni area in the district after local Congress leaders threatened two days ago that they would not allow Ranaut to shoot, if she did not apologise by Friday evening, over her tweets against the farmers protesting at Delhi borders.
According to sources, over 100 protesters gathered near gate numbers 2 and 4 of the coal handling plant of a power station where the shooting of the film “Dhaakad” is going on.
The police dispersed the protesters using water jets from fire brigade vehicles, said Sarni City Superintendent of Police Abhay Ram Choudhary.
Ranaut usually comes for shooting around 6 pm but on Friday she was scheduled to appear late in the evening and was not present when the protesters thronged the spot. Choudhary denied local Congress unit’s allegation that batons were used against protesters, including women.
Heavy police force deployed
On Thursday, Home Minister Narottam Mishra had said he had asked police to ensure that the shooting was not disrupted. The police personnel carrying batons and even firearms were deployed around the site, while an inspector was assigned to oversee Ranaut’s safety at a resort 45 km away from where she is staying, the official said.
Ranaut’s shoot is to end on February 17, he added.
Meanwhile, State Congress Sewa Dal secretary Manoj Arya and Chicholi Block Congress Committee president Nekram Yadav had on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to a tehsildar in Betul.
They had also threatened that they would not allow Ranaut to shoot at Sarni, if she did not apologise by Friday evening over her comments against the ongoing farmers’ protest on Delhi borders. Party leaders alleged that Ranaut had maligned farmers who are protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws.
Twitter had deleted some of Ranaut’s controversial tweets on the ongoing protests. On Thursday, home minister Mishra had said the BJP government in the state would ensure that “behan-beti” (sister-daughter) Kangana” faced no problem while shooting.