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Protests erupt in Delhi, Amritsar over Release of MSG

New Delhi, Jan 16: The protests were seen on Friday in the north Indian cities over the release of the controversial film MSG - The Messenger of God that features Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a lead role.

In the national capital, the protesters from Shiromani Akali Dal demanded outside the BJP headquarters a ban on the film that stars the self-styled godman Ram Rahim.

The Indian National Lok Dal people also staged protests and around 60 workers in Gurgaon were detained by the police to prevent unwanted incidents or clashes with the Ram Rahim supporters.

In Amritsar and Bhatinda, the protests erupted after the supporters of Dera Saccha Sauda leader expressed their pleasure over the clearance to the film, which is based on the life of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

The tensions were also witnessed on other cities of Punjab and Haryana against the film, which will be now released on January 23. The police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in the sensitive areas to avert unwanted situations.

The protesters alleged that Ram Rahim against who several criminal cases have been lodged, he was been portrayed as the messenger of God. They also alleged that the dialogues in the film are provocative and challenge the Sikhs.

Expressing the displeasure over the clearance of the film by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), the Censor Board chief Leela Samson has resigned from her post. Even another Board member Ira Bhaskar also resigned today.

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