The terrorist groups that funded Punjabi movie “Kaum De Heere”, which eulogises the assassins of prime minister Indira Gandhi, continue to threaten the Congressman who got the film banned.
For being first to object and approach censor board chairperson Leela Samson, former Central Board of Film Certification member Amarjit Singh Tikka has earned the wrath of Babbar Khalsa activists, who are intimidating him over telephone from France, Canada, and the UK. The new central regime has upheld the ban that the previous Congress government imposed in 2014.
Tikka had approached the censor board after reading the film’s storyline in a vernacular newspaper, and influenced the ban, for which radicals are calling him “traitor of the Sikh community” on telephone and social media. He lodged a formal complaint with the Punjab director general of police and home secretary, marked a copy to the Ludhiana police commissioner, and met the ADGP (security). None of it helped.
Even local member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu wrote to the Intelligence Bureau director in New Delhi with the call details. The letter also says that “(Sikh hardliner) Avtar Singh Sanghera called Tikka” from a certain international number, threatening him with dire consequences. “I have been getting these calls for almost a year, but the one from France last week has made worried about my family’s security again. I have no response from the police department. It’s sad that there is no concern for an individual who acts in the capacity of a patriot,” said Tikka.
The banned film revolves around Indira’s assassins Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, who have been portrayed as heroes, while the late prime minister has been pained a negative character to justify her killing. Ludhiana police commissioner Pramod Ban said that investigations were on to identify the callers and verify the details.