Activists owing allegiance to Jamiat Ulama (JUH) district unit staged a rasta roko here on Thursday demanding a ban on Hindi film “Azaan”.

The protesters led by the JUH district spokesperson Mohammed Asad staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Thursday evening to press the government for banning the controversial film forthwith.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Asad alleged that the director and producer of the commercial film hurt the sentiments of Muslims by unethically naming it after “Azaan”, a pious word of Islam used for calling the Muslim community for attending the holy Namaz prayers at mosques.

“The film contains anti-Islamic and vulgar scenes,” he charged and alleged that the naming of such an undesirable movie after a pious word amounted to damaging the secular fabric of India.

“The government should take stern action against those responsible for hurting the feelings of Muslims and trying to disturb peace and tranquility in the name of right to freedom of speech and expression,” he demanded.

Later, a delegation of the JUH headed by Mr Asad submitted a memorandum to Joint Collector M. M. Naik seeking an immediate ban on the release of the controversial film in the State.