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MSG should be no cause for concern: Dera Sacha Sauda chief

india Updated: Jan 17, 2015 07:19 IST

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Amid a row over his film MSG: Messenger of God, Dera Sacha Sauda's Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh said on Friday there is no reason why the film should cause a law and order problem.

A special screening of the movie, which was scheduled to be held in Gurgaon's Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29, was postponed.

"I never tried to project myself as God," Singh said while addressing a press conference after the screening was stalled.

Singh, who stars in MSG and has co-directed it, added that the film has not received certificate yet and he is not aware about the reasons behind it.

He said nothing wrong has been depicted in the film and is only a take against the drug mafia.

MSG was referred to an appellate tribunal by the Central Board of Film Certification, which had objected to the dera head's alleged portrayal of himself as god.

Censor Board's chairperson Leela Samson resigned on Thursday amid reports that MSG got the nod from the appellate tribunal and would finally be released on January 23. She accused the NDA government of "coercion" and interfering with her decisions on several films.

The government, however, refuted Samson's charges of interference in the functioning of the Censor Board saying it has always maintained a distance from the certification process.

Earlier, workers of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were detained in Gurgaon for protesting against the screening of controversial film.

"Nearly 60 INLD workers have been detained to maintain law and order situation in the city and to avert clashes with the supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa who are gathering in large numbers at Leisure Valley ground for the planned premiere show," Gurgaon Police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk told PTI.

The Akali Dal and the Akal Takht, Sikhism's highest temporal body, are among organisations which have sought a ban on the movie.

News channels reported that there were protests in Bhatinda and Amritsar over the release of MSG.

According to CNN-IBN, local police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the areas to avert any untoward incident.

Security forces held a flag march in Amritsar and Bhatinda to control the emerging security concerns, it added.

(With PTI inputs)