Bajrang Dal activists reportedly ransacked the set of the third season of the web series ‘Ashram’ in Bhopal. After this heinous act, they also threw ink on its producer-director Prakash Jha. They accused him of portraying Hindus wrongly, the police said. The police also mentioned that the windscreens of two buses of the crew were also broken in stone-pelting. Besides that, Bajrang Dal also threatened that it would not allow the shooting of this web series any further. Talking to PTI, Superintendent of Police (SP), Bhopal south, Sai Krishna Thota said that some people raised objections. They also staged a protest over the name of the web series when the shooting of it was underway at Old Jail Premises located in Arera Hills.
“Bajrang Dal activists objected that this web series hurt the sentiments of Hindus as it contains obscene scenes,” he said. “The protesters also threw ink on Prakash Jha and pelted stones,” the officer added. Sai Krishna Thota said that the activists damaged the windscreens of two buses by stone pelting and one person was injured. He said that immediately after the incident, the police personnel reached the spot. They were able to bring the situation under control. No person has been arrested in this regard so far, he said. Bajrang Dal activists also raised slogans against Prakash Jha and Bollywood actor Bobby Deol. This person was in the lead role in the web series Ashram. They accused these two persons of hurting the Hindu sentiments. The eyewitnesses said this.
Talking to reporters, Bajrang Dal’s state convener Sushil Surhele said the activists of his organization will not allow the shooting of ‘Ashram’ in Bhopal. “Prakash Jha wrongly portrayed the arrangements in a Hindu ashram in its previous seasons by showing the exploitation of women by gurus. There have been ashrams in Sanatan dharma for the past thousand years that played important role in building social values. There is no truth in what has been shown in this web series,” he said.
“Will Jha dare to make such a web series on other religions?” he asked. “We blackened the face of Prakash Jha and are searching for Bobby Deol, who should learn from his elder brother Sunny Deol (Bollywood actor and BJP MP), who has played roles in patriotic movies,” he added. So far, the police issued no statement on behalf of Prakash Jha. Talking to reporters, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Irshad Wali said that strict action will be taken against those involved in that particular incident. “Three-four vehicles were damaged and we will identify the people involved in this ruckus. Action will be taken against such persons,” he said.