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    Inspired by Satya Vyas's book "Chaurasi," the web series stars actors Pavan Malhotra and Zoya Hussain in the lead roles. It's scheduled to release on Thursday on the Disney+Hotstar OTT platform.

    Indian social media users are posting the #BanGrahanWebSeries hashtag and calling for a ban on the release of the upcoming web series "Grahan," which is based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the country. 

    The makers of the series have been accused of portraying a Sikh character in an "objectionable manner."

    The controversy erupted on Monday when Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages Sikh shrines, filed a complaint to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting demanding the series be banned.

    "A Sikh character has been portrayed in an objectionable manner in a web series called Grahan based on the 1984 Sikh genocide. In the web series, the charge of Sikh genocide is being levelled against a Sikh character which is highly condemnable and fabricated," Kaur told Indian media during a press conference on Monday.

    “The threats to repeat the 1984 genocide of Sikhs on social media platforms are common which spoil the atmosphere and has created a lot of resentment in the minds of Sikhs. But no action was ever taken against those who spread hatred against the Sikhs,” she said.

    Kaur said that a legal notice has been sent by Nirpreet Kaur who witnessed the massacre to the producer of Grahan, Ajay G Rai, and head and president of Disney+Hotstar Sunil Ryan.

    Explaining why she believes Grahan should be banned, Kaur claimed that "some people just want to hurt" the Sikh community.

    “Such films also hurt the communal harmony in society. Therefore, the government should enact strict Information Technology (IT) rules to curb such sensitive and objectionable trends," she added.

    "With such actions, some people are deliberately trying to provoke the Sikh sentiments. Such acts cannot be tolerated and should be stopped immediately. Strict action should be taken against the culprits so that no one could play with the Sikh sentiments," Kaur said.

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