A clash between the workers of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda was averted at Kurukshetra with the timely intervention of police here on Friday.
Vehicular traffic remained blocked on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa Road near Birla Mandir due to the clash. Hundreds of workers of INLD and Indian National Student's Organisation assembled at Jat Dharamsala at about 11 am and started a procession towards Kessel mall to protest against the release of the movie Messenger of God (MSG).
The protest was led by INLD state president Ashok Arora and member of legislative assembly from Pehowa, Jasvinder Singh Sandhu. The protesters raised slogans against Baba Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda and the state government. About 50 followers of Dera Sacha Sauda arrived at the spot from the other side when the protestors were going towards the mall.
A large contingent of police reached the spot and tried to prevent a clash between both parties.
The protestors gave a memorandum marked for Haryana governor and chief minister demanding a ban on the movie, to the sub-divisional magistrate of Thanesar.
The traffic on the road was restored after protesters dispersed following an assurance from the administration that their memorandum would be forwarded to the governor and the chief minister.
Ashok Aroa and Sandhu alleged that the movie which has the Baba in lead role was creating tension in the society as Baba was facing a number of criminal cases of rape and murder. They said 'saints' do not become actors and demanded an immediate ban for the sake of restoring peace in the state.
Meanwhile the screening of the movie went off smoothly with a large number of policemen deployed near Kessel mall.
Superintendent of police Simmardeep Singh said, "We have taken all the preventive measures to ensure peace in the town and the smooth running of the movie."