Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's movie "Messenger of God" (MSG) has created a controversy and led to incidents of violence even before its release here.
Apprehending damage to flex boards and hoardings of the movie, some followers of the dera chief sat on night duty to guard the hoardings in the city, but hooligans roughed up these night guards and tore down a flex board put up on the shops of a dera follower.
Two dera followers were injured late Monday night in a scuffle, while some unidentified people came to the dera's local branch (Naam Charch Ghar) and tore down a flex board of the 'MSG' movie. They allegedly attacked dera followers with sharp-edged weapons and wooden sticks.
Various Sikh organisations are up in arms against the movie, which will be released on January 16. The movie is available in four languages.
The injured have been identified as Surinder Pal, a resident of Beant Nagar, and Jaswant Singh of Baba Nand Singh Nagar.
Senior police officials reached the spot and recorded the statements of dera followers. No arrest has been made so far in this connection.
Both the injured were rushed to the Dr Mathura Dass Pahwa civil hospital by some passers-by where the doctors declared them out of danger.
Gurmail Singh, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of Moga, said that, according to dera followers, eight people came in a car to the dera branch premises at the Kotkapura bypass and climbed the roof of a dera follower's house and tore the poster of the movie with swords.
Police officials said, "When some dera followers came out fof the dera complex, the miscreants fled from the spot. Therefore, they could not be identified."
"Actually, we had received a tip-off that some miscreants could damage the banners of the movie. So, we had decided to guard these boards during the night," said injured Surinder Pal.
As per information, Surinder Pal, Jaswant Singh, Chaman Lal and Rajinder Kumar were guarding the flex boards when they attacked.
According to the police, a case has been registered against eight unidentified people in this regard under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code at Moga city-1 police station.
"However, we are investigating the matter at the moment. The police will not allow any person to disturb the law and order situation," said DSP.
Gurbachan Singh Insa, Mahinderpal Bittu Insa, Gursharanjeet Singh Insa and Surjit Singh Insa, members of the 45-member Dera Sacha Sauda Committee, who met senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jatinder Singh Khaira on Tuesday, said that some miscreants of the area wanted to disturb the law and order situation across the state, but they will keep patience and cooperate with the police.
Khaira said that the situation is completely under control and a heavy police force has been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.