Pradesh Police arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday to conduct a
probe into a case registered in Lucknow against controversial
web series "Tandav", an official said on Wednesday.
The UP Police team is likely to record statements of
the makers and cast and crew of the Amazon Prime Video''s
series, which has been accused of hurting religious sentiments
for its depiction of Hindu deities.
The UP Police personnel reached Mumbai in the morning
and visited the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Detection-1) in suburban Andheri for assistance, the official
Two members of the UP Police team also visited the
Mumbai Police headquarters in south Mumbai in the afternoon.
While at the Mumbai Police headquarters, the UP
Police personnel said they are getting cooperation from their
counterparts hereand "there is no issue about it".
"We had come to meet police officers at the
headquarters, we are not authorised to speak," an official
from the UP Police team said.
On Monday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath''s media
advisor Shalabhmani Tripathi said the makers of "Tandav" will
have to pay the price for hurting religious sentiments.
He said four members of the UP police have left for
Mumbai for a detailed probe into the case, after an FIR was
lodged against the show at the Hazratganj police station.
"UP Police has left for Mumbai, that too in a car.
There are strong sections in the FIR, remain prepared, will
have to pay a price for hurting religious sentiments,"
Tripathi said in his tweet.
At least three FIRs have been lodged against the
makers and artists of "Tandav" in Uttar Pradesh - at Lucknow,
Greater Noida and Shahjahanpur - for alleged inappropriate
depiction of UP Police personnel, deities, and adverse
portrayal of a character playing prime minister in the show.
"Tandav", a nine-episode political thriller starring
Bollywood A-listers Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd
Zeeshan Ayyub, started streaming last week.
At the centre of the row is a scene with Zeeshan
Ayyub, in the role of college student Shiva, playing the Hindu
god Mahadev in a theatre production.
As the controversy escalated, the show makers on
Tuesday tried to defuse the situation by announcing their
decision to remove the controversial portion from the show.
The cast and crew of the show on Tuesday also said
they had decided to implement changes to "address concerns".
In their second apology statement in two days, the
show''s team also thanked the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting for its "guidance & support" in the matter. PTI