The Delhi Police has been asked to make security arrangements in areas with a "mixed population" so that no untoward incident occurs after the release of the film, The Kashmir Files.
A letter was addressed by the DCP (special branch) on 14 March to district commissioners of police, police control rooms and traffic, saying, "The movie is based on the lives of Kashmiri Pandits, and reportedly is based on true events. It depicted the barbarism committed against Kashmiri Hindus in its crudest form."
"Adequate police arrangements by local police, including women staff, PCR, and traffic are suggested, especially in mixed population areas, to handle the situation tactfully," the letter added.
It was also stated that a "one-sided view" of the event could possibly trigger violence between communities.
'Communal Situation Fragile Since 2020 Northeast Delhi Riots'
Speaking about the risk of clashes between communities after the release of the film, the letter said:
"The communal situation in Delhi is still fragile since the 2020 Northeast Delhi riots. Due to the recent hijab controversy and the Haridwar Dharam Sansad hate speech against the Muslim community, it cannot be ruled out that even a minor incident may create communal tension between both communities and affect the law and order situation."
The letter also stated that there were incidents of some people making remarks against "terrorists" while watching the film in theatres in Karnataka.
"In Karnataka’s Bhatkal, people have even been demanding the screening of the film in movie theatres against the limited screening of The Kashmir Files in local cinemas. In some movie theatres, audience was heard chanting slogans against terrorists and enemies of India," it stated.
The Kashmir Files is directed by Vivek Agnihotri and is based on the attacks on and the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s.
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