‘Devuda’ movie director arrested

By   |   Published: 19th Jan 2017   8:26 pm Updated: 19th Jan 2017   9:17 pm
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Rachakonda Police nab 'Devuda' movie director Dasari Sairam. Photo: By Arrangement

Hyderabad: Rachakonda police on Thursday arrested Telugu movie director Dasari Sairam, who directed ‘Devuda’, on charges of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity through visual content.

Sairam had allegedly included a few scenes apparently hurting the religious sentiments of several people, said K Narsing Rao, Inspector of Rachakonda Special Operations Team.

Though the movie is yet to be released, the issue had actually come out after a teaser of the same was released on YouTube, prompting Bajrang Dal activists to lodge a complaint with the police. 

On receiving a complaint by U Naveen, a member of Bajrang Dal, police took up the issue.

 “We contacted YouTube and the Devuda teaser has been removed from the site,” the inspector said.

Police have registered cases under Sections 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 (A) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 298 (Uttering words etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) of the Indian Penal Code.