| Jan 25, 2018, 11:25 IST

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition demanding initiation of contempt proceedings against Shri Rajput Karni Sena for resorting to violence against release of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’.

Police are on high alert across several states after activists from Karni Sena and other fringe groups went on the rampage, committing arson and vandalism to oppose the film’s release today.

Karni Sena says the movie distorts history, even though experts say queen Padmavati is a mythical character and that her story is based on a poem written by a 16th-century Sufi poet. The film’s producers have also vehemently denied the charge that ‘Padmaavat’ falsely depicts a romantic relationship between queen Padmavati and Sultan Akauddin Khilji.

However, defiant activists have threatened to attack any cinema that shows the movie.

Several hundred people attacked shops, set alight dozens of motorbikes and damaged more than 150 cars across in Gujarat, according to police.

In Noida, activists burned toll booths on a highway after a rally while in Rajasthan women carrying swords marched against the movie.

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