Demonstration against release of Jodha-Akbar in Patna

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Patna, Feb 17 (UNI) Taking a cue from their Rajasthan counterparts, hundreds of 'Jana Kalyan Khatriya Yuba Manch' supporters here today ransacked a city cinema hall protesting against the release of the film ''Jodha-Akbar''.

Shouting slogans against the director of the film Ashutosh Gawarikar and other film crews and charging them with distorting history, the protestors including many women tore down all film posters and banners.

They also scared the movie goers who were standing in queues for the afternoon show and forced the hall management to close the ticket counters.

Soon a strong contingent of police arrived on the spot and dispersed the protestors. But as a result of the protest today's all shows were cancelled by the hall management.

Later in a statement state President of the Manch Rajiv Kumar Singh threatened to organise similar protest across the state if any other cinema hall owner 'dared' to show the movie.

'The film had not only distorted history but also deliberately downgraded the image of the entire Rajput society which cannont be accepted', Mr Singh thundered.

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