Security personnel patrolled near all the theatres and multiplexes across Haryana and Chandigarh Friday as the film was released. Police and paramilitary forces manned sensitive areas.

Prohibitory orders against assembly of people and carrying weapons were issued across Haryana on Thursday to deal with any untoward situation, resulting due to the build-up of tension over the release of the film.

Sikh organisations held protests in some places in Haryana on Thursday. The film features Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Haryana Director General of Police Yashpal Singal has urged people to maintain law and order.

"Section 144 has been imposed in various districts and additional police personnel have been deployed in all the cinema halls," Singhal said.

The authorities have banned holding any procession or demonstration without permission. The Punjab government has banned the release of the film last month.

After being denied a release certificate by the Censor Board last month, the film got the certificate last week. Haryana Police officers said here that the situation was being closely monitored in many parts of the state, especially in Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Ambala and other districts.

The controversial movie was earlier called "MSG" (Messenger of God).It was to be released January 16, but it did not get clearance from the Censor Board. Various groups protested against its release at that point.

The sect leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who plays the protagonist in the film, is its director, singer and lyricist, and has been aggressively promoting the film countrywide.

The sect claims the movie is not against any religion or group and is only highlighting social evils.

 

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