Protests erupt in Ludhiana against release of ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2016 13:29 IST
People from Balmiki community holding protest against the movie ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ at Dholewal bridge in Ludhiana on Friday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Situation remained tensed in Ludhiana on Friday as activists of Balmiki Samaj blocked many roads protesting against the screening of Arshad Warsi- and Aditi Rao Hydari-starrer comedy film ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ for hurting their religious sentiments.

The activists forced the city shops to shut down and blocked major roads, including the Dugri road, Ghumar Mandi, Clock Tower chowk, Chaura Bazar, Kochar Market and areas of Model town and Bharat Nagar chowk.

Commuters struck in a traffic jam due to protest at Dholewal bridge in Ludhiana on Friday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

The movie, scheduled to be released on Friday across the nation, was suspended by the Punjab government for two months keeping in view the prevailing strong resentment among the Balmiki community over some references to Maharishi Balmiki.

Read: Punjab bans ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ over religious references

The members held protest at Bharat Nagar Chowk against the screening of the film.

Protesters brandishing swords and sharp-edged weapons at Mall road in Ludhiana on Friday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

The protestors were seen brandishing swords and creating a terror in some areas.

A series of protests have also been erupting in Jalandhar the past one week. Assistant inspector general intelligence, Jalandhar, Mandeep Singh said on Thursday, “We requested the filmmakers to delete some scenes that the Balmiki community members are raising objection on, but the scenes are still a part of the movie. They have only muted the volume”. Nearly 50 people of Balmiki community had watched the movie along with the officials in Jalandhar and demanded the ban.

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