FIR against Tandav director Ali Abbas Zafar, others for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

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Saif Ali Khan starrer web series Tandav has run into trouble after a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against the makers of the show for promoting enmity and causing public mischief , the Lucknow Police was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times newspaper.

Lucknow deputy commissioner of police (Central) Somen Barma said, “The FIR [lodged at the Hazratganj police station on Sunday] has been lodged against Aparna Purohit, an official of Amazon, series director Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himashu Krishna Mehra, its writer Gaurav Solanki, and others.”

In his complaint, senior sub-inspector Amarnath Yadav, posted at the Hazratganj police station, alleged that he received information that video clips, which are allegedly defamatory against a particular group in the society, were being circulated widely on various social media platforms.

On investigating, he found that the clips were from Tandav which was released on 16 January. A case has been registered under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between groups), 295 (defiling place of worship with intent to insult religion), 505 (statement conducing public mischief), 469 (forgery on purpose of harming reputation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the IT Act.

“A four-member police team is investigating the matter and action will be taken against the accused if the complaint is found to be true,” said the officer. Similar complaints against Tandav have also been lodged in Sitapur and Rae Bareli districts.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has demanded removal of the objectionable portions from the show. In a tweet, she said protests were being registered over some scenes of the web series Tandav, which hurts religious sentiments. So it would appropriate to remove the objectionable portions.

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