Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda on Saturday sought permission from the district administration for conducting a rally to promote the dera head-starrer movie 'MSG: The messenger of God' in the city. The district administration has sent the application to all the departments concerned seeking no-objection certificates (NOCs) from them.
According to the information, Dera followers want to hold a rally to promote dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's upcoming movie at Nehru Park in city on January 5. The distribution of promotional T-shirts is also in full swing.
Kastoor Insan, a dera follower said, they have demanded permission to hold a rally to promote the movie that is set scheduled for release on January 16.
The district administration now seems to be little worried after clashes were reported over the movie from several parts of Punjab and Haryana recently.
The district administration does not want to disturb peace and harmony in the city, so the officials are taking all steps to avoid any law and order situation.
Deputy commissioner Nikhil Gajraj said they have got an application from the dera followers seeking permission to hold a rally to promote the movie.
"We have demanded NOCs from the all the departments concerned and after getting NOCs we will decide on the future course of action," he added.
In various parts of Punjab and Haryana, Sikhs and dera followers had clashed over movie posters in the recent past. Few days ago, Punjab's Barnala town was turned into a fortress with 200 commandos and 1,000 police jawans out on the streets to maintain law and order following the burning of posters of 'MSG'.
Recently, at Ding village of Sirsa district some unidentified people had torn the movie posters.
Sirsa city magistrate Pankaj Setia said they are committed to maintain law and order in the district. The process to seek NOC from different departments has been started, he added.
Dera head appears in court through videoconferencing
Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh appeared before the CBI special court through videoconferencing on Saturday.
He appeared before the court amid heavy security in connection with the murder cases of Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and a sexual harassment case of a woman disciple.
The dera chief reached a local court at 9.30am with a large convoy of vehicles. Thousands of his supporters had gathered near the court complex.
Adequate security personnel were deployed near the court complex and on Barnala Road to avoid any untoward incident. The court has fixed January 17 as the next date of hearing in these cases.