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Ram Rahim's Followers End Protests Over MSG 2 No-Show in Punjab

  | September 28, 2015 14:21 IST (Chandigarh)
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A still from MSG 2: The Messenger.

The followers claimed that MSG 2 film was not being screened in theatres and multiplexes in Punjab despite no official ban by the state government. They said cinema owners were not screening the movie citing law and order issues. MSG 2 released on September 18

Hundreds of protestors from the Dera Sacha Sauda sect who had blocked railway tracks and roads in some parts of Punjab in the past two days, ended their protests on September 21 after authorities assured them that a solution would be found regarding the screening of MSG 2: The Messeger, the second movie starring their chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
The assurance to the protestors was given by district authorities following talks between both sides on Monday.
The sect followers, including scores of women, had blocked railway tracks and roads in the last two days at some places in south Punjab to oppose the "unofficial ban" on the film's screening in Punjab, putting people to inconvenience.
Protestors had blocked rail tracks and roads in Moga, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Amritsar and Jalandhar districts despite inclement weather and rain.
Authorities in Bathinda and other districts assured sect supporters that a solution for the screening of the controversial film would be found this week.
The sect, which has its headquarters near Sirsa town in neighbouring Haryana, has lakhs of followers across Punjab.
The followers claimed that MSG 2 film was not being screened in theatres and multiplexes in Punjab despite no official ban by the state government. (Also Read: Ram Rahim Will Say Yes to Bigg Boss 9 on One Condition)
They said cinema owners were not screening the movie citing law and order issues.
Cinema owners are worried that members of the Sikh community would oppose the film's screening. The sect has a history of run-ins with the Sikh community.
The film, a sequel to MSG: The Messenger of God movie, was released on nearly 2,000 screens across the country on September 18.

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