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Film on Indira killers blocked

New Delhi, Aug. 21: The Centre today decided not to allow the release of a controversial Punjabi film on Indira Gandhi’s assassins following intelligence inputs that it could cause law and order problems.

The information and broadcasting ministry blocked Kaum De Heere (gems of the community), which was to release tomorrow, after the home ministry expressed reservations over its contents and sought a review of the censor board’s clearance for the film with an “A” certificate.

“A review was done with the home ministry and the censor board and a decision (to block the movie) was taken in the light of possible law and order problems,” an official said.

The Congress’s Punjab unit had demanded a ban amid allegations that the movie glorifies Indira’s assassins Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh.

The BJP had also sought curbs, with one state party leader, Lakshmi Kant Chawla, writing to Union home minister Rajnath Singh to stop the release.

“Because of the law and order situation that might result from showing the film, the home ministry, the CBFC (censor board) and I&B officials have decided that (to stop the release),” censor board chairperson Leela Samson said after the review today.

But Pardeep Bansal, the film’s producer, said “some people are trying to create a controversy without watching the movie”.