Posters of dera chief’s movie torn down in Bathinda

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2015 11:07 IST

As the date of the release of the movie ‘MSG: The Messenger of God’ of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is nearing, incidents of tearing down of the posters of the film have also been increasing. Some miscreants tore down the posters of the film in the grain market here on Wednesday night and a dera follower lodged a complaint with the police in this regard.

Complainant Simarjit Singh Walia, who owns a furniture shop in the market alleged that he had pasted posters of the film on his shop but some unidentified people tore them down on Wednesday night.

“As per the watchman in the area he saw some five to seven people, who had come on motorcycles tearing down the posters, but he could not object to it out of fear,” he said.

Station house officer (SHO), Kotwali police station, Gurdeep Singh, said that a complaint in this regard had been received and police had written to the district attorney seeking his opinion on how to proceed in the case. An incident of tearing down of the posters has also been reported from Bhagta near here though no complaint in this regard has been lodged yet.

Meanwhile, a delegation of dera followers met deputy superintendent of police (DSP), city I, Ranjit Singh Toor, demanding increase in vigilance.

Narinder Goyal, a member of the seven-member block committee of dera followers, said that they themselves have increased the vigil to save the film promotion material but have also requested the administration to ensure that miscreants do not succeed in hurting the religious sentiments of sect followers. The movie is set to be released on January 16.

One held for sending offensive photo of Dera head

Faridkot: The Sadak police of the district have registered a case against one Veeru Singh, 30, on the complaint of one Gurpreet Singh, 20, for allegedly sending him an objectionable picture of head of the dera chief on Wednesday. Both the accused and the complainant are residents of Sadak village.

The complainant has alleged that the accused had sent him the picture on his Facebook account which hurt his feelings because he is a follower of the dera. Police have booked Veeru Singh under Section 295a (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage the feelings of any class by insulting its religion etc) besides sections 66 and 67(sending offensive or false information) of Information Technology Act. “He was arrested and has been sent to judicial custody,” said inspector Tejinder Singh, SHO Sadak.

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