MSG-2 hits screens in Punjab
A day after the Akal Takht pardoned Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, his movie MSG-2 was released across the state under heavy security on Friday.
The movie was to be released on September 18 but it ran into trouble with the theatre owners refusing to screen it because of protests by Sikhs. Gurmeet Singh had invited Sikhs' flak in 2007, when he appeared in an initiation ceremony wearing clothes usually associated with Guru Gobind Singh.
The movie was released in Bathinda, Moga, Fazilka, Jalalabad and Sangrur, where the dera has considerable followers.
The dera chief's first movie 'MSG, The Messenger' was banned in Punjab earlier this year. Radical Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal had also demanded a ban on MSG-2 in Punjab.
"We are elated over the release of the movie in Punjab and the Akal Takht deicision to pardon the dera chief. Both these things will help ease the relations between dera and Sikh organisations," said Kewal Singh Brar, an office-bearer of the dera.
Gurwinder Singh of Sikh organization Ek Noor Khalsa Fauz said, "We are pained over both the decisions of pardoning dera head and allowing release of the film. It is all politically motivated."