AHMEDABAD: Shouting slogans against actor Shah Rukh Khan, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members threw stones at the parking lot of a luxury hotel here early Sunday morning, damaging his car.
There have been continuing protests against the shooting of Khan's upcoming film Raees in Gujarat over his earlier remarks on the climate of intolerance in the country.
The film's crew are staying in the hotel but the 50-year-old actor was not there at the time of the incident. He arrived only this afternoon.
An FIR was filed for rioting and damaging property in the evening. At least seven persons who claim association with the VHP have been detained, police said.
According to assistant commissioner of police (ACP) B U Jadeja, 8-10 persons threw stones into the parking lot of Hyatt Regency Hotel on Ashram Road, where Shah Rukh's vehicle was parked and fled from the spot.
"As per a complaint lodged by the security officer of the hotel, 8-10 persons came on motorcycles and threw stones at the cars parked in the open parking lot early this morning. The windscreen of Shah Rukh Khan's car got damaged," said Jadeja.
"We have learnt that Shah Rukh Khan was not there in the hotel when the incident took place. Some of his crew members, who are here for shooting, are staying in the hotel," he said.
The shooting is taking place in Bhuj.
A video showing unidentified persons throwing stones into the hotel compound surfaced on social media platforms. It shows them shouting slogans against the actor, pelting stones and riding away.
The VHP's Gujarat unit claimed responsibility for the incident. Its state spokesperson Raju Patel said the detained persons are indeed VHP members. The stone pelting was part of their ongoing protests against the actor.
Last week, around 20-30 VHP activists handed over a memorandum to the Bhuj administration and demanded withdrawal of permission for the shooting of the film. They protested outside the district collector’s office, and shouted slogans against the actor and also burnt posters.
Shah Rukh Khan sparked a debate last November when he said in an interview that there was "extreme intolerance" in India.
However, he retracted his statements a few days later, claiming that his comments were "misconstrued".