Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit activists burn effigy of Prakash Jha

Dalit activists burn effigy of Prakash Jha
Published: Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011, 20:32 IST
Place: Phagwara | Agency: PTI

Demanding a ban on the screening of soon to be released film
Aarakshan, some Dalit activists today burnt the effigy of the film's
director Prakash Jha.

Surinder Dhanda, President of Ambedkar Sena and a host of other
activists presented a memorandum, addressed to the Punjab Chief
Minister, to the local SDM Manpreet Singh.

Claiming that reservation was their constitutional right, they accused
Jha of playing with their sentiments. The leaders appealed to the CM
to take immediate steps to stop the film's release, scheduled for
August 12.

They warned cinema houses and multiplex owners not to screen the film
without the consent of Dalits.

"In case they do so, they should be prepared to face the music," the
leaders said.

Earlier, the activists took out a protest march from local Plahi Gate,
passed through different bazaars, converged on National Highway 1 and
burnt the effigy.

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