CAIRO - A new Hollywood movie about the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has enraged both Muslim and Hindu Indians as inciting hatred and divisions inside the society, The Hindu reported on Saturday, March 3.
We express our great concern over the shooting of Zero Dark Thirty or ZD 30, Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind's North India General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed Kasmi said in a memorandum submitted to the Chandigarh's Deputy Commissioner.
This picture will create more differences between Muslim and other communities.
It will provoke other communities and law and order will be badly affected and the peaceful atmosphere of the region disturbed.
The shooting of the new movie, "Zero Dark Thirty", was launched by Oscar-winning Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow based on how the Al Qaeda chief was killed in his Abbottabad hideout.
The movie was protested by India Muslims as endangering harmony in their volatile country.
We are Muslims living in a secular country where such type of activities (film shooting) should not have been allowed by the administration in the first place, Kasmi said.
We demand that the shooting of this film should be stopped forthwith.
He added that this film aimed at portraying the Muslim community in bad light.
If they have to shoot this film, they should go to Pakistan and not shoot it in India as here we apprehend the peaceful atmosphere will be disturbed, he said.
Bigelow, who hit a high in 2010 by becoming the first woman director to win the Academy Award for her film "The Hurt Locker", depicting war-ravaged Iraq, has chosen locations in north India to shoot her movie on the elimination of bin Laden.
Bigelow has re-created Abbottabad town in Chandigarh's suburbs.
Bin Laden, whose Al-Qaeda group claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on the United States, was killed in the house on May 2, 2011 by US commandos in a daring night raid that left the Pakistani military angry it had not been consulted.
Pakistani authorities completed the demolition of bin Laden's tall-walled compound in the garrison city of Abbotabad last Sunday.
Earlier on Friday, Hindus activists from the far-right Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) forced film crew to cancel the shoot and move the cameras away after protesting at Manimajra town on the outskirts of the city, for flying Pakistan's flags.
"They have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan," said Vijay Bhardwaj, a leader of the radical Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Hindu group.
"We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film."
Traders in Sector 26's grain market, where the film's shooting was going on, also lodged their protest against the movie.
It is badly affecting our business, a trader based in the grain market said.
The entire area has been sealed and customers cannot reach our shops.
There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India, the world's third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.
Muslims complain of decades of social and economic neglect and oppression.
Official figures reveal Muslims log lower educational levels and higher unemployment rates than the Hindu majority and other minorities like Christians and Sikhs.
They account for less than seven percent of public service employees, only five percent of railways workers, around four percent of banking employees and there are only 29,000 Muslims in India's 1.3 million-strong military.