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Tension in JNU over screening of BBC documentary on PM Modi

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Tension in JNU over screening of BBC documentary on PM Modi

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NEW DELHI: The JNU college students’ union (JNUSU) couldn’t maintain the proposed screening of a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a scholar outfit alleging that the varsity’s administration snapped energy and Internet connections on the union’s workplace.

Students, nonetheless, downloaded the documentary on their cell phones by way of a web-based software to look at and share it, All India Students Association (AISA) nationwide president N Sai Balaji claimed.

Stone pelting was reported on the college campus within the nationwide capital when the documentary was being screened. The essential gate has been closed by the administration.

Stones and even bricks have been hurled at JNU Students’ Union officer bearers. JNUSU president Aishi Ghosh claimed stones have been thrown at college students and JNUSU members who have been watching the documentary. One individual has reportedly been injured within the incident.

Following the incident, the Left-wing scholar group held a protest on the University campus, shouting slogans towards ABVP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

Meanwhile, two members related to the ABVP have been nabbed by the scholars for allegedly pelting stones. They have been to be handed over to the Delhi Police at Vasant Kunj Police station.

However, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) mentioned that “No such incident has been reported to us so far.” 

“Around 8:50 pm, the university administration cut off the electricity supply of the JNUSU office, which resulted in the delay in screening,” mentioned one of many college students. He additionally alleged that the Wifi companies of the venue have been additionally stopped by the administration. 

Students collect within the campus after the ability shutdown. (Photo | EPS)

After ready for half an hour, the coed union determined to share the Quick Response (QR) code of the documentary among the many members and seen it on their cell phones in a public gathering. 

Attacking Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP), the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh mentioned, “If ABVP had a problem with screening, then they should also hold a parallel screening or debate on it.” 

Ghosh additional added that the nexus of University administration and ABVP is vanishing within the debate and dialogue tradition on the campus.

“They can cut off the light and Internet connection but not our resistance. Instead of one screen, now this screen will be watched on multiple screens,” she added. 

ALSO READ | Top Indian college bans screening of BBC sequence on PM Modi

The authorities had on Friday directed social media platforms Twitter and YouTube to dam hyperlinks to the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”.

The Ministry of External Affairs has trashed the documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and displays a colonial mindset.

However, opposition events have slammed the federal government’s transfer to dam entry to the documentary.

Balaji, who was current for the screening, claimed that some college students had downloaded the documentary on their mobiles and different units.

“They (the JNU administration) have cut off the power and Internet. We shared the documentary with other students and are watching it together,” Balaji mentioned. Balaji additionally claimed that there have been police personnel in civil garments roaming on the campus. However, there was no rapid police response.

Earlier within the night, the University had heightened the safety across the campus to stop any type of violence. Adding to this, the Delhi police additionally deployed additional safety personnel to take care of the legislation and order scenario on the University.

According to a police official, round 50 police personnel together with University safety guards have been deployed on the campus.

(With inputs from PTI) 

NEW DELHI: The JNU college students’ union (JNUSU) couldn’t maintain the proposed screening of a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a scholar outfit alleging that the varsity’s administration snapped energy and Internet connections on the union’s workplace.

Students, nonetheless, downloaded the documentary on their cell phones by way of a web-based software to look at and share it, All India Students Association (AISA) nationwide president N Sai Balaji claimed.

Stone pelting was reported on the college campus within the nationwide capital when the documentary was being screened. The essential gate has been closed by the administration.

Stones and even bricks have been hurled at JNU Students’ Union officer bearers. JNUSU president Aishi Ghosh claimed stones have been thrown at college students and JNUSU members who have been watching the documentary. One individual has reportedly been injured within the incident.

Following the incident, the Left-wing scholar group held a protest on the University campus, shouting slogans towards ABVP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

Meanwhile, two members related to the ABVP have been nabbed by the scholars for allegedly pelting stones. They have been to be handed over to the Delhi Police at Vasant Kunj Police station.

However, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) mentioned that “No such incident has been reported to us so far.” 

“Around 8:50 pm, the university administration cut off the electricity supply of the JNUSU office, which resulted in the delay in screening,” mentioned one of many college students. He additionally alleged that the Wifi companies of the venue have been additionally stopped by the administration. 

Students collect within the campus after the ability shutdown. (Photo | EPS)

After ready for half an hour, the coed union determined to share the Quick Response (QR) code of the documentary among the many members and seen it on their cell phones in a public gathering. 

Attacking Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP), the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh mentioned, “If ABVP had a problem with screening, then they should also hold a parallel screening or debate on it.” 

Ghosh additional added that the nexus of University administration and ABVP is vanishing within the debate and dialogue tradition on the campus.

“They can cut off the light and Internet connection but not our resistance. Instead of one screen, now this screen will be watched on multiple screens,” she added. 

ALSO READ | Top Indian college bans screening of BBC sequence on PM Modi

The authorities had on Friday directed social media platforms Twitter and YouTube to dam hyperlinks to the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”.

The Ministry of External Affairs has trashed the documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and displays a colonial mindset.

However, opposition events have slammed the federal government’s transfer to dam entry to the documentary.

Balaji, who was current for the screening, claimed that some college students had downloaded the documentary on their mobiles and different units.

“They (the JNU administration) have cut off the power and Internet. We shared the documentary with other students and are watching it together,” Balaji mentioned. Balaji additionally claimed that there have been police personnel in civil garments roaming on the campus. However, there was no rapid police response.

Earlier within the night, the University had heightened the safety across the campus to stop any type of violence. Adding to this, the Delhi police additionally deployed additional safety personnel to take care of the legislation and order scenario on the University.

According to a police official, round 50 police personnel together with University safety guards have been deployed on the campus.

(With inputs from PTI)