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ATF asks Censor Board not to issue certification for movies dealing with Maoism, Naxalism ideologies

A few vested interest groups and Urban Naxals are trying hard to push their agenda using movies, they pointed out and said that in the wake of these attacks, it is imperative that the society fights this menace collectively.

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Hyderabad: The Anti-Terrorism Forum (ATF) on Friday demanded the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) to not issue certification to movies dealing with Maoism and Naxalism ideologies.

A delegation led by ATF Chairman Ravinuthala Shashidhar and Secretary Keshav Soni, who met the CBFC Regional Manager V. Balakrishna here, asked him to place a ‘blanket ban’ on the movies that deal with Maoism and Naxalism ideologies in view of the interest of the internal security, the integrity of the Nation and as a tribute to the martyrs.

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The recent dastardly attack on the brave CRPF personnel by Maoist group in Chhattisgarh which resulted in 22 personnel being martyred is not an isolated incident, they said this follows a pattern of attacks such as the Dantewada ambush which led to the martyrdom of 76 personnel and many other incidents.

Even though naxals are a banned organization in the country by the governments but many movies hailing their ideology were issued certification from CBFC portraying it as a socioeconomic issue and garnering public sympathy and support, especially amongst the youth, they said in their letter submitted to the Regional officer of CBFC.

A few vested interest groups and Urban Naxals are trying hard to push their agenda using movies, they pointed out and said that in the wake of these attacks, it is imperative that the society fights this menace collectively.

As part of this collective responsibility, the organization demanded the Board to not issue certification to movies dealing with this storyline, they said.

We also demanded to minutely examine the movie Acharya of Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan and Movie Virata Parvam of Rana Daggupati as we came to know that these movies are trying to portray Maoists as heroes, they said.

Any movie which tries to portray Naxalites as heroes should not be issued certificates from CBFC, they also demanded.

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