Protest­ing against film, out­fit de­faces posters, board at au­thor’s of­fice

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Pune: Rais­ing ob­jec­tions against Ha­lal, an award-win­ning Marathi film based on a novel writ­ten by Ra­jan Khan, mem­bers of the Awami Vikas Party (AVP) al­legedly barged into the of­fice of ‘Ak­shar Manav’, a so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion, and de­faced the posters of the film, in Shukrawar Peth area of Pune on Mon­day.

Mem­bers of the AVP, a ‘po­lit­i­cal party’, also de­manded an apol­ogy from Khan for “hurt­ing the sen­ti­ments of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity”. The movie is set to be re­leased on Oc­to­ber 6.

Ak­shar Manav is a so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion that works for so­cial equal­ity, gen­der is­sues, agriculture, ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence, health and lit­er­a­ture. Khan, the au­thor of Ha­lal, is as­so­ciated with the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ra­jan Khan was not in of­fice when the in­ci­dent took place. Ashraf Wankar, pres­i­dent of the AVP’s west Ma­ha­rash­tra unit, later posted a video and pho­tographs of the in­ci­dent on his Face­book ac­count.”

AVP is a “po­lit­i­cal party” launched by re­tired as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (ACP) Shamsher Khan Pathan. Pathan, the na­tional pres­i­dent of the party, con­grat­u­lated Wankar on FB and said, “Good Work. I am with you all.”

De­faced posters of the movie Ha­lal, in Pune on Mon­day.

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