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Film on assassination of ex-India PM Indira Gandhi to be released amid calls for its ban

Published on Aug 21, 2014 5:05 PM
 
This photograph taken on Nov 3, 1984, shows India's then Premier Rajiv Gandhi (second from left), accompanied by his Italian-born wife Sonia (third from left), his daughter Priyanka (centre) and bodyguards as they stand at the cremation site of his mother Indira Gandhi in New Delhi. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (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 Mrs 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 Mrs 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. Mr 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.

 
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