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Calls to ban new Indira Gandhi assassination film Scheduled for release today

NEW DELHI, Aug 21, (AFP): A controversial film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was scheduled for release on Friday amid calls for it to be banned for glorifying her killers. “Kaum De Heere,” or “Diamonds Of The Community” tells the story of Gandhi’s Sikh bodyguards who shot the premier dead in 1984 apparently in revenge for a military operation that killed hundreds of Sikhs.

The youth wing of Gandhi’s Congress party has written to current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the film portrays the two bodyguards as heroes. “I wrote to the prime minister to stop the release of the film,” said Vikramjit Chaudhary, president of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress, a local unit of Congress.

Chaudhary said the film sent the wrong signal to young disaffected Sikhs in northern Punjab state where the army’s Operation Bluestar was carried out in 1984. “Seventy percent of our youth is hooked to drugs and (a) large number of them are unemployed,” Chaudhary told AFP. Chaudhary warned to reporters this week that protests could be staged across Punjab over the film’s release.

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