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Game of Ayodhya row: Activists lock director’s house, threaten to set theatres on fire

The activists claim the movie wrongly depicts that Lord Ram’s statue was installed in a ‘deceitful’ manner in Ayodhya.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2017 21:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Aligarh, Hindustan Times
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Sunil Singh makes his directorial debut with The Game of Ayodhya.(File)

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) activists on Sunday locked the house of Sunil Singh, the director of the movie Game of Ayodhya.

The activists claim the movie wrongly depicts that Lord Ram’s statue was installed in a ‘deceitful’ manner in Ayodhya.

They threatened if the film was released on December 8, they will set cinema halls and the director’ house on fire.

ABVP and HJM have been protesting against the film, saying it is a conspiracy against the Hindu religion. State organising secretary of ABVP Amit Goswami had earlier announced a bounty for cutting off the hands of Sunil Singh. Effigies of Singh were burnt in Aligarh while the HJM took out a mock funeral procession of the director.

Sunil’s debut film, Game of Ayodhya, traces a Hindu-Muslim romance set against the backdrop of the Babri Masjid demolition.The film was cleared for a December 8 release by the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) after being refused certification by the Central Board of Film Certification.

District president of Lok Dal Devanand on Sunday spoke to senior superintendent of police Rajesh Pandey in this connection and, during a press conference, said the activists locked the house of Singh in the presence of the police. Singh is the president of Lok Dal and owner of Saroj Education Group.

Singh, meanwhile, said the protests had no meaning without people watching the movie. “The protestors want to brighten their political careers,” he said, adding that he would visit Aligarh on December 4 or 5 and screen the movie for the professors of Aligarh Muslim University first.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini has submitted a memorandum (addressed to the home minister) to the district magistrate as part of its protest against the movie.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 19:42 IST