No protests by sikh bodies against Dera head's film in Karnal

  • HT Correspondent, None, Karnal
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2015 20:51 IST

The controversial film 'MSG'- The Messenger of God was screened in Kurukshetra and other districts on Friday amidst tight security arrangements of the police and paramilitary forces.

None of the Sikh organisations protested against the film but the Indian National Lok Dal and its youth wing, the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) held brief peaceful protest dharna or sit-ins away from the theaters at various district headquarters.

INLD, the political ally of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the ruling party in Punjab, also handed over memorandum to the district administrations demanding a ban on the film screening.

As the electoral support of the Dera Sacha Sauda to the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is understood to have enabled it to form its first ever government in Haryana, the INLD, is also seen acting against the sect.

Meanwhile, no untoward incident related to the screening of the film was reported from Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Kaithal and Panipat districts.

The film was screened at a multiplex each in Kurukshetra, Jagadhari in Yamunanagar and five theaters in Panipat district.

Police sources said that though the film distributor had tied up with the management of a multiplex in Sector 12 in Karnal but it was not screened for unspecified reasons.

A number of dera supporters gathered outside a Karnal multiplex.

Film was not scheduled to be shown in Kaithal district.

Meanwhile, the inspector general of police (IGP), Karnal range, Hanif Qureshi said on Friday that the paramilitary troops would remained stationed for the next few days.

He said that the film was screened peacefully in Karnal range and no one was taken was taken into preventive custody.

"Our intelligence inputs suggest that there was no threat of protest against the film screening. However, the police and paramilitary forces will remained positioned near the theaters and it will continue till further orders," he said while appealing to maintain order in the area.

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