MSG 2 The Messenger
Protestors blocking railway tracks (left). MSG 2 poster (right)ANI

Following non-screening of "MSG 2: Messenger of God", starring Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in theatres of Punjab, followers of the self-styled godman blocked railway tracks in Punjab's Sangrur district on Sunday.

The supporters of controversial spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh--the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda--staged protests against the "unofficial ban".

The trains running on Ferozepur-Ludhiana section were cancelled, while several other trains were delayed, according to The Tribune.

The protesters alleged that although there was no official ban on "MSG 2", authorities have instructed the theatre and multiplex owners not to screen the movie.

The protesting members of Dera Sacha Sauda raised slogans against the Punjab government and demanded screening of the film.

Along with the state government, the protesters also slammed the police, alleging that the theatre owners have received orders from them to stop screening of the movie. However, a report quoted IGP BK Bawa as saying that no such instruction to stop screening of "MSG 2" has been given.

Followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had held similar protests on Friday also when roads were blocked.

Meanwhile, "MSG 2" has been banned in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh objecting to the use of word "shaitan" (devil) to describe tribals.

"Playing with the sentiments of tribals or people of any section of the society will not be allowed. Screening of the controversial film will not be allowed in the state," India Today quoted Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das as saying.