Sharmila Tagore who was in Bhopal recently to settle a family property dispute had to resort cops help to escort her outside the palace. When the agitators started protesting outside the palace against antique items being removed.
"The ancestral property of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, whose mother was the daughter of the last Nawab of Bhopal, Hamidullah Khan has a lot of antique stuff. Recently, members of the royal family had initiated efforts to distribute its belongings, including artifacts, among themselves. A city-based organisation has opposed taking away of antique things from the palace," said a source.
The Flagstaff house situated in the Ahmedabad Palace in Koh-e-Fiza area of Bhopal which Sharmila Tagore wants to sell has been opposed by a few of her relatives.
"Those opposing the sale and shifting of belongings of the Flagstaff House have come together as Sahara Samajik Uthhan Samiti. A petition filed by some of Bhopal's local citizens was heard in the high court on Wednesday. The next hearing will be on May 6," says the source.
The chairman of the Samiti who planned to stage a protest outside the palace failed to arrive at the venue on time.
"However, a large number of mediapersons had already gathered outside when Sharmila went there to collect some artifacts. The actress then called the police to escort her out of the palace to the nearby hotel, following which the police sent a team to ensure that she got out safely," says the source.
Sharmila Tagore refused to comment on the issue saying, "I don't want to talk about it."