Amid tight security arrangements, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh starrer film ‘Messenger of God (MSG)’ was today released in cinema halls and multiplexes in Haryana and UT Chandigarh, with no reports of any untoward incident so far.
“The situation is peaceful so far (in Chandigarh Union Territory),” UT Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said today. (Read ‘MSG’ movie review)
MSG has been released in over 3,000 screens across the country with a large number of sect followers waiting in line to watch the film.
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The movie has been released at four locations here at Elante Mall, Centra Mall, Piccadilly Square and Fun Republic, officials said here.
However, reports pouring in from a few parts of Haryana suggested that workers of INLD staged protests at Kurukshetra, Karnal and Gurgaon against release of the movie even as the situation remained under control.
In few movie halls at Sirsa and Karnal, the film’s release was delayed by some theatre owners.
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Police have made tight security arrangements in Haryana and Chandigarh anticipating protests by radical Sikh groups.
Haryana police had put the state on alert and clamped prohibitory orders in several districts including Kurukshetra and Sirsa which have a sizeable Sikh population.
Additional force was also deployed at “vulnerable” points to prevent untoward incidents and an appeal was made to the people to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, security was stepped up around theatres in the state and riot control vehicles deployed at several places.
People have been asked not to come in groups to watch the ‘Messenger of God’ movie and treat it like any other film.
A sizeable number of police force has been deployed around cinema halls and multiplexes in Chandigarh.
Movement of public coming from parts of Haryana and Punjab to see the movie in the city is also being watched, police officials said here.
Barricades have been put up at entry points of Chandigarh and those entering the city were being asked to prove their identities.
Punjab Government had last month denied permission for screening of the film, anticipating a law and order problem.
Various radical Sikh organisations had been demanding ban on its release saying it would pose a serious threat to law and order situation. They had accused the Dera Chief of projecting himself as messenger of God in the movie.