Cracks in Ker-TN on Mullaperiyaar issue; Dam 999 faces wrath

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Idukki, Nov 23: With the Mullaperiyaar issue setting a scenario for a possible meltdown between both Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the release of the movie 'Dam 999' will act as fuel to the already raging fire. The movie is loosely inspired on the issue with the backdrop of a 100 year old dam bursting causing major havoc to the inhabitants of the area.

There was major ruckus on Tuesday when members from the MDMK party disrupted the preview of the movie at the Prasad Film Laboratories in Chennai and destroyed property there to register their protest.

Meanwhile protests have erupted among various Tamil Nadu based groups that have claimed that the movie sparked anti-Tamil Nadu sentiments and was against the views of the state on the issue. The MDMK had demanded that the movie should be banned considering the volatile nature of the subject. The DMK has joined in the noise and demanded that the film be banned. They raised protest in the Lok Sabha and came out in the well of the house raising slogans and showing placards demanding the ban. The protest was led by DMK Parliamentary Party leader T.R. Baalu.

Theater owners in Tamil Nadu have declared that they will not screen the movie in theaters expressing solidarity with the various political parties who have raised their protest over the movie. The theater owners have taken the decision to avoid any violence in the premises if the movie is released.

Sohan Roy, the director of the movie refuted all allegations and said that his movie aimed to highlight the issue of the security fears posed by dams across the world and not just the Mullaperiyaar dam. The case especially in focus is China's Banqiao dam that resulted in the death of 250,000 people when it burst in 1975.

Kerala has been arguing the case with the district where the dam is situated, Idukki, facing as many as 20 mild tremors since last July. Experts have declared that the district is quake prone and could experience tremors in the range of 6 in the richter scale. The matter has only increased Kerala's insistence on rebuilding the dam that had already developed considerable cracks. A massive Facebook and Twitter campaign is underway demanding the playing out of a massive man made human error from occurring.

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