Thiruvananthapuram, May 11: Youth activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha have threatened to stop screening of popular Malayalam actor Mammooty's films; angry over his remarks on 2002 Gujarat riots. The activists termed Mammooty’s comments as a slur on the Gujarat Government. Mammooty had allegedly told a meeting of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) in Chennai that the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat could have been avoided if the State had a secular DYFI presence. BJYM officials threatened to stop screening of Mammooty's films if the actor did not take back his words. “If the actor does not withdraw his statements, we will not allow his films to be shown in Kerala and across the country,” said M Biju, the District President of the Yuva Morcha. Angry BJYM activists burnt the effigy of Mammooty. In February 2002, 59 passengers, many of them Hindu pilgrims, were killed when two coaches of the Sabarmati Express caught fire in Godhra. The incident sparked state-wide communal violence that claimed at least 1,000 lives, mostly Muslims.

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