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Five arrested for vandalising Padmavati rangoli in Surat

Surat, Oct 20:-- Five persons were arrested on the charges of vandalising a rangoli inspired by an upcoming Bollywood film Padmavati here on Friday morning, media reports said.


Among five who were arrested, four people belonged to the Rajput Karni Sena and one to Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP).


The police registered an FIR on October 16 for allegedly destroying the rangoli created by a local artist, Karan K, in Gujarat.


The rangoli was inspired from film Padmavati.


Surat Commissioner of Police, Satish Sharma, said: "We have arrested five persons, four of them belonging to outfit Karni Sena and one from the VHP. More persons are likely to be arrested as the video footage recovered by us shows 8-10 persons involved in the activity."


"I also want to make it clear that the police will deal with strictness against any such action. Freedom of expression is everyone's right in a democracy, but vandalism will not be allowed," he added.


Two days ago, Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who is also playing a lead role in the film, slammed the attack.


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