Shiv Sena activists attack Goa multiplex screening ‘Slumdog…’

January 23rd, 2009 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Jan 23 (IANS) A mob of Shiv Sena activists threw stones at and ransacked a multiplex cinema in Panaji Friday for screening internationally acclaimed film “Slumdog Millionaire”.The film, which has already won several Golden Globe awards and has been nominated in 10 Oscar categories, has been the target of Hindu right wing groups, who claim that the movie hurts Hindu sentiments.

The Panaji police arrested 12 activists, including Goa Shiv Sena unit chief Upendra Gaonkar, for the attack.

The police said the Shiv Sainiks have been booked for tearing posters and breaking the glass facade of the only multiplex in Panaji.

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has denounced the film. In a press note issued Thursday, its president Jayesh Thali while demanding a ban on the film said the portrayal of Lord Ram in the movie was objectionable.

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