CHANDIGARH/GURGAON, Jan. 25 -- Violence erupted in parts of Haryana before the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat on Thursday, catching the Manohar Lal Khattar government off-guard and drawing allegations of "deteriorating law and order" from the Opposition.

Despite the imposition of prohibitory orders in the state, agitators ran amok in Gurgaon - torching a Haryana roadways vehicle, pelting stones at a school bus and blocking traffic on the Pataudi-Wazirpur road. Miscreants had vandalised a shopping mall in Kurukshetra on Sunday.

Critics drew parallels with the violence that followed the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in Panchkula last year, when the government allegedly failed to prevent the death of 42 people ...