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Protests, attacks on ‘PK’ intensifies

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014,20:38 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Bajrang Dal activists protest ‘PK’ screening in Central Delhi, Muslim activists protest in Nagpur

New Delhi | Activists of right-wing outfits Bajrang Dal and Hindu Sena today staged a protest outside a cinema hall in Central Delhi, demanding ban on Aamir Khan blockbuster ‘PK’ for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The demonstrators also burned posters of the movie and demanded that an FIR be registered against its makers and star cast.
Some agitators staged a protest outside Delite cinema. They were detained and taken to the nearby police station, said a senior police official. Protesters also raised slogans against the movie demanding ban on its screening across the country. The movie should not be screened any more as it hurts the sentiments of Hindus. We also demand registration of an FIR against the star cast of the movie, said a protester.
The film earned Rs 214 crore in the first nine days after its release on December 19. Meanwhile, Yoga guru Ramdev also said that tradition and faith of people should not be hurt. The film PK, as people have told me, has two things.One, it contains objectionable scenes of Hindu God and Goddesses, which is not right. But secondly, it has exposed those people who misuse the name of God for their personal profit and call themselves as God. However, the tradition and faith of people should not be hurt. Ramdev said.
Sri Ram Sena also demanded that the movie should be banned. The movie PK hurts the sentiments of Hindus and we protest it. Indian government should ban it, Pramod Muthalik, the Sena leader said.

Right wing activists protesting against Aamir Khan starrer 'PK' burn the film's posters outside a movie theatre, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Right wing activists protesting against Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’ burn the film’s posters outside a movie theatre, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Maharashtra government asks police to ‘look into’ PK’s content
Mumbai | After protests against Aamir Khan blockbuster PK, the Maharashtra government said here today that it had asked the police to look into the content of the movie. I have instructed additional DG Deven Bharti to look into complaints from several individuals and organisations objecting to the film, Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde said. I have instructed the police officer to check if there is any objectionable content in the film, the minister told reporters here.
Yesterday, Bajrang Dal activists had vandalised theatres in Gujarat exhibiting the film for making fun of Hindu gods and godmen as well as asked that its screening to be stopped. Besides Gujarat, right-wing activists also protested in Agra and Mau in Uttar Pradesh as well as Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, tearing up posters of the film. There were reports that one theatre in south Mumbai’s Parel had stopped screening of the film.

Right wing activists vandalize a movie theatre while protesting against Aamir Khan starrer 'PK', in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Right wing activists vandalize a movie theatre while protesting against Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

BJP govt complicit in its silence: Cong on anti-PK protests
New Delhi | As protests by Bajrang Dal activists escalated against Aamir Khan blockbuster ‘PK’, Congress today condemned the vandalism and charged that the BJP government was complicit in its silence. Condemn acts of vandalism by Bajrang Dal and other fringe elements against movie PK. Would (PM Narendra) Modi ask CM Gujarat to act against Hooligans? Or at least condemn it on his Twitter ? No he won’t because he believes in what his Hooligan Bajrang Dal Gang is doing. Ugly face of Fascism, party general secretary Digvijay Singh tweeted.
Former Union Minister Manish Tewari said the attack on PK assaults the freedom of speech and expression. The BJP govt is complicit in its silence. Why are advocates of free speech silent?, he tweeted. In an escalation of protests against Khan’s blockbuster ‘PK’, Bajrang Dal activists had yesterday vandalised theatres in Gujarat exhibiting the film for making fun of Hindu Gods and godmen and warned that its screening be stopped.
Besides Gujarat, the right wing activists also staged protests in Agra and Mau in Uttar Pradesh and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and tore posters of the film. There were reports that one theatre in south Mumbai’s Parel had stopped screening of the film.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had yesterday given another twist to the controversy questioning the financing of the film and claimed that according to his sources it is traceable to Dubai and ISI.
Slamming him and the BJP over the remarks, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi had said that this reflected the priorities of the government, which has only tilted at windmills and has an agenda is to divide. He had also alleged that the eloquent silence of the Prime Minister on this issue is pregnant with meaning.

Bajrang Dal activists tear hoardings of the film 'PK' while protesting its screening at a movie theatre in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

Bajrang Dal activists tear hoardings of the film ‘PK’ while protesting its screening at a movie theatre in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.