The Hush Post: Tension prevailed in Ferozepur city on Friday when the police rounded up about 30 activists of various Sikh organisations who were holding demonstrations to protest the release of controversial film “Nanak Shah Fakir”. Meanwhile, the activists of a Sikh organisation stopped a goods train at the Fatehgarh Sahib Railway Station on Friday to show their resentment against the film.
According to available information, on Friday morning a number of activists of several Sikh organisations started holding protest demonstrations in Ferozepur against the screening of “Nanak Shah Fakir” though the movie has yet not been released in Punjab. The local police rounded up about 30 protesting activists to deter the others.
The film was released across the country on Friday after the Supreme Court refused to stay its screening on a plea of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).
Meanwhile, the activists of Satkar Committee, a Sikh organisation, stopped a goods train at Fatehgarh Sahib Railway Station showing their anger against the controversial movie. The goods train, which does not have a stoppage at Fatehgarh Sahib station, remained stationary there for some time. Finally the authorities succeeded in pacifying the demonstrators and the train was allowed to move on.
Earlier on Thursday, Harinder Singh Sikka the producer of “Nanak Shah Fakir” was been ex-communicated from the Sikh Panth.
The decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting of Panj Singh Sahiban (five high priests) at the Akal Takht.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had called a meeting of five Sikh Jathedars on Thursday to deliberate on producer Harinder Sikka’s refusal to abide by orders of Akal Takht. They had ordered withdrawal of his movie Nanak Shah Fakir from cinemas. As per a statement, Akal Takht Jathedar had said that an urgent meeting had been called to deliberate the future of the film Nanak Shah Fakir.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had ‘imposed ban’ on upcoming Hindi movie Nanak Shah Fakir on April 9.
His recent statement further read, “Akal Takht has imposed a ban on the movie. It should not be shown in any part of the world. SGPC has already already taken back all the letters written giving approval to the movie. Harinder Singh Sikka should not release the movie.”
SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli said, “Sikka has been violating orders of Akal Takht on movie and hence he should be excommunicated from community.”
The SGPC and the Akal Takht had called for a ban on the release of the film, since the film portrays the first guru of the Sikhs in a living form. Giani Gurbachan Singh was quoted as saying, “It should not be released in any part of the world. SGPC has already taken back all the letters written for approval to the movie.”