"Yes, high alert has been declared (in Bathinda and adjoining areas)," IG, Bathinda Zone, Paramraj Singh said on Friday.

He said ten companies from armoured forces and six companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed, besides the state police, to maintain law and order.

"We have almost 12,000-13,000 numbers of security officials from the state police, armoured and paramilitary forces to maintain peace," he said.

Bathinda zone covers several districts including Bathinda, Muktsar, Mansa, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Moga. A large number of Dera followers belong to these districts.

"Our focus from point of maintaining law and order will be on five districts which are Moga, Faridkot, Mansa, Bathinda and Ferozepur," he said.

Around 15,000 Dera followers from Bhatinda range went to Gurgaon in Haryana on Friday for movie's premier show and Punjab Police provided security to them within the state, he said.

On Thursday, Punjab police had even carried out a flag march in Bathinda.

Various Sikh organisations, including the Akal Takht - Sikhs' highest temporal seat - have been demanding a ban on the movie in which Dera head is in lead role.

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