Incident Summary:

01/27/2018: Assailants threw two petrol bombs at the Bhanu Sagar cinema hall in Kalyan, Maharashtra, India. There were no reported casualties as the devices failed to ignite. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, police identified and arrested five members of Sanatan Sanstha in connection with the attack. The group denied affiliation with those arrested. In addition, sources suspected that the attack was carried out to disrupt a screening of the controversial film "Padmaavat."




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Thane district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bhanu Sagar Cinema Hall
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A petrol bomb was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sanatan Sanstha (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"No end to anti-Padmaavat fire; petrol bombs hurled at theatres," India Today, January 28, 2018.
"Maharashtra: Petrol bomb hurled outside Kalyan cinema hall during Padmaavat screening," DNA India, January 28, 2018.
"Maharashtra: Petrol bomb hurled at cinema hall screening 'Padmaavat'," HT Syndication, January 27, 2018.