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NCP leader Jitendra Awhad gets bail for disrupting Marathi film screening

A court on Saturday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad and 11 others in a case accused of disrupting a show of the Marathi film “Har Har Mahadev”.

The Nationalist Congress Party leader and 11 of his supporters were arrested Friday for the Nov. 7 incident at a multiplex in a shopping center in Thane city.

The suspects were arraigned in court on Saturday.

The court has placed them in custody. They then asked for bail, which the court granted.

Lawyer Prashant Kadam, the accused’s lawyer, said they were released on bail of Rs 15,000 each, but a detailed warrant was awaited.

Awhad, who was housing minister in Maha Vikas Aghadi’s previous government, tweeted about the development.

“Chanakya Niti” (conspiracy) failed, he said, adding that he received good treatment in prison.

On November 7, Awhad and his supporters forcibly stopped a show of “Har Har Mahadev”, claiming that the film distorted the history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Some moviegoers were also beaten up as they protested the disruption, videos of the incident showed.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered on the incident at Vartak Nagar Police Station under Sections 323 (Attack) and 504 of the Indian Penal Code (Deliberate Insult with intent to disturb the peace).

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