Pathaan: Youth Detained in Assam for Making ‘Provocative’ Statements In Connection to Political Controversy Around Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone’s Film

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A man from Assam’s Darang district was detained on Wednesday for issuing ‘provocative’ statements in connection with the Bollywood movie ‘Pathaan’, said police. The person identified as Mofidul Islam bought at least 120 tickets for Shah Rukh Khan’s latest release. He lives in the district’s Dhula area. Speaking to IANS, Superintendent of Police of Darang district, Prasanta Saikia said, “Islam bought around 120 tickets of the Pathaan movie. After that, he was saying some objectionable things, challenging others, and it could disturb communal violence in the area.” Pathaan Release: Crowd Breaks Gate of Assam School To Enter Theatre To Watch Shah Rukh Khan Movie (Watch Video).

According to the police, Islam targeted Bajang Dal and other right-wing organisations that had earlier raised objections to the release of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer movie. The man is a leader of the North-East Minorities Students’ Union (NEMSU). “We detained him to avoid any untoward incident and registered a case under Section 107 IPC. He was later allowed to go home. We are keeping a close watch on him,” Saikia added. Meanwhile, another youth from Rangia town in Assam has bought 192 tickets for Khan’s film Pathaan. The man, identified as Farooq Khan, is a resident of the Kendukona area in Rangia. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, After Talking to Shah Rukh Khan at 2 AM, Now Says ‘Still Don’t Know Much About Him, Barely Watched His Films’.

Controversy erupted when Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he does not know who Shah Rukh Khan is. Reporters questioned Sarma about Bajrang Dal activists tearing and burning Pathaan movie posters at a Guwahati cinema hall. However, a day later, the Chief Minister himself informed that Shah Rukh Khan had called him well after midnight and asked for his assistance in ensuring the film’s successful release in Assam.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jan 25, 2023 07:26 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website F10 News).

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