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Congress, BJP workers clash over Indu Sarkar in Indore

The police had to resort to a lathi charge to disperse the angry crowds.

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Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party workers came to blows over Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar near Sapna-Sangeeta cinema hall in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, as reported by the Press Trust of India news agency. The Supreme Court of India had cleared the film's release.

The Congress has all along alleged that the film, set in the Emergency period (1975-77), is sponsored by the BJP to malign the image of its former leader, Indira Gandhi. 

The Bhanwarkua police had to resort to a lathi-charge to disperse the quarrelling BJP and Congress workers. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, the BJP urged its workers to go and watch the film that was released yesterday. 

“The country passed through a bad phase during the Emergency. The BJP workers as well as common citizens should watch the film to know what happened," state BJP media in-charge Lokendra Parashar told PTI.

Screenings of the film were also cancelled in a few cities in neighbouring Maharashtra following protests by Congress workers.

While it is set during the Emergency, Bhandarkar has refrained from naming the then prime minister or her son, the late Sanjay Gandhi, in the film. 

Indu Sarkar features Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Anupam Kher in the lead roles.