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VHP activists held for obstructing Shah Rukh film shoot

Ahmedabad, Feb 5 (IANS) The Gujarat Police on Friday detained 34 activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Kutch district for trying to obstruct shooting of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan’s film ‘Raees’.

Police said the VHP activists were detained under Section 68 of the Gujarat Police Act.

The VHP has been targeting Shahrukh Khan for his comments on “intolerance” in the country.

After they were released, the VHP activists still managed to block the Gadhsheesha-Dedia road which connects Kutch district headquarters Bhuj with Polaria where the film shooting was scheduled for the day.

The shooting continued peacefully throughout the day in Polaria, which is located some 60 km from Bhuj city.

The actor, who has been on a week-long visit to Kutch for the shooting of the film, has faced sporadic protests by the VHP activists since he arrived there.

Earlier, the outfit had held a demonstration in front of the District Collector’s office in Bhuj. A motorcycle rally was also held demanding the cancellation of the film’s shooting and ban on Shahrukh Khan’s entry in Kutch.

Based on the life of Ahmedabad-based underworld don late Abdul Latif Shaikh, ‘Raees’ has been made by Rahul Dholakia who earlier made controversial film ‘Perzania’ based on communal riots.

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is the female lead in the film.

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