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