Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who had been threatened by the Kalinga Sena over 2001 movie Ashoka, can rest easy now when he visits Odisha for the inauguration of the Men’s Hockey World Cup. The chief of the fringe outfit, Hemant Rath, has given assurance that the threat to throw ink on Shah Rukh has been removed for now after they received requests from Hockey India president, Odisha government and police.

In a tweet posted on ANI, Hemant said, the outfit has not forgiven Shah Rukh and further decision on the matter will be taken later. The outfit made the decision after an appeal from Hockey India president Mohammed Mushtaque Ahmad.

“We have decided to withdraw our pledge following the request by Hockey India President. Since it is an international event and Shah Rukh Khan is a promoter, we don’t want to protest, as that would give a bad name to Odisha,” Hemant said.

The outfit had threatened to throw ink on the actor’s face for distorting history in the film that was released 17 years ago. Hemant had demanded an apology from Shah Rukh for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Odisha people in Ashoka. The outfit alleged that the film dishonoured the state’s culture and its people by portraying the Kalinga war in a wrong manner.

The Men’s Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 27, and Shah Rukh, Madhuri Dixit and music director AR Rahman will perform during the inaugural ceremony.

About the movie Ashoka, it is an historical drama directed and co-written by Santosh Sivan, and it is a dramatised version of the early life of emperor Asoka, of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled most of the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BCE.