Police have arrested the Chittorgarh unit chief of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, after its spokesperson who declared that over 1,900 women of the community are “ready” to commit jauhar (mass immolation) as part of protests over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

Police swooped down on the residences of Karni Sena Chittorgarh unit President, Govind Singh Khangarot, and vice president Kamlendu Singh Solanki at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and arrested them. Police also arrested Devendra Singh, one of the main members of the organisation.

Speaking to IANS, Rajpratap Singh, state media in charge of Karni Sena, said: “Police are trying their best to curb our protest. We are not being allowed to take out a rally or stage protest. There is ‘nakabandi’ all around and strict police arrangements have been made in this town,” he said.

“We have called a meeting and will unveil our next phase of action by evening after a call taken by our Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi,” he added.

On Tuesday, a senior spokesperson of the Karni Sena from Chittorgarh had said that people from the city of queen Padmavati are “disheartened with the verdict of the Supreme Court”.

“If we want, we can choose violent ways and disturb people and tourists. However, on the contrary, our women have decided to opt for jauhar (mass immolation) without disturbing anyone,” he said.

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