Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda from Tricity and from Punjab continued to make a beeline to watch MSG: The Messenger, a film by Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on Saturday. As no untoward incident was reported, the authorities allowed parking of vehicles near the malls exhibiting the film, much to the relief of visitors and shop owners.
The outlets in the malls, which had suffered losses due to a ban on parking, had been eyeing crowds on Valentine’s Day. As soon as the police decided to allow vehicles to be parked in the parking areas near the malls, the shop owners started sending text messages to their customers informing them that parking had been opened.
Inspector Devinder Sharma, SHO of Industrial Area police station, said that they got a message from the senior officers that the parking be opened.
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Senior Superintendent of Police (City) Sukhchain Singh Gill said that the security around the malls would continue till Sunday evening. “It is a weekend and most of the rush is expected then. The screening is going on peacefully, so we will reduce the security from Monday onwards.”
Nearly 40 buses filled with followers from Punjab, where the screening of the film is banned, reached the city to watch the film, said the inspector.
Surinder Kaur, a resident of Samana, said, “We came in the bus this morning to watch the film. It is a good film.”
At Elante, the auditoriums were divided as per the followers from different towns. “All those coming from Samana are being sent to one audi, those from Patiala to another,” said the coordinator, Ashwani Chopra.
Inspector Dilsher Singh Chandel, deputed at Elante, said, “Yesterday the rush was not as expected. Today since morning, people have been pouring in and are being made to wait for the next show.”
Inspector Amanjot Singh, posted at Centra Mall, said that the situation here was the same as on Friday.
Police officials had been deputed there since 7 am. One of the women constables said, “Yesterday our duties were over at 10 pm.”