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Haryana put on alert as Dera’s controversial ‘MSG’ hits screen today

Apprehending protests by Sikh groups, Haryana Police has put the state on alert on the eve of release of controversial film ‘Messenger of God (MSG)’, the debut movie of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda.

Police force has been deployed at “vulnerable” points as groups opposed to the sect and the film had indulged in arson earlier in parts of Punjab and Haryana.

“The entire state is on alert. We have strengthened our police force and deployed it at vulnerable points (to maintain law and order),” Haryana Police, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order, Muhammad Akil told a news agency on Thursday when asked about the measures being taken in the wake of release of the movie.

Asserting that the situation so far is normal, Akil, however, said that the police was taking precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incident.

“As per inputs received so far, the situation is normal,” he said.

Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Kurukshetra around 200 meter radius of cinema hall where the movie is to be screened. The district authorities have warned of taking action under Section 188 of IPC (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) for violating the prohibitory orders. District Magistrate CG Rajini Kaanthan yesterday held a meeting of the representatives of various Sikh groups who are opposing the release and Dera followers here.
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