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College students Detained, Riot Police At Delhi’s Jamia Over BBC Movie Screening

The SFI had organised a screening of the BBC documentary at Jamia Millia Islamia.

New Delhi:

Two members of a left-wing college students’ union at Delhi’s prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia college have been detained by the police on Wednesday over their plan to display the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the mass communication division this night.

Police in blue riot gear and vans with tear-gas cannons reached the gates of the school in south-east Delhi. In an order issued on Tuesday, authorities at Jamia had mentioned they won’t enable any unauthorised gatherings on campus after the College students Federation of India introduced the screening on Fb.

The documentary, based mostly on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat throughout the 2002 riots, has kicked up a storm with the federal government banning the movie and asking social media corporations to take down hyperlinks to it. The opposition has slammed the transfer as blatant censorship.

An analogous screening organised by a piece of scholars on the Jawaharlal Nehru College final night bumped into hassle as each web and electrical energy went out within the college students’ union workplace. College students watched the documentary on their cellphones and laptops, and the night ended with a protest march. The JNU authorities had warned of disciplinary motion if the documentary was screened, saying the transfer would possibly disturb peace and concord on campus.

PM Modi’s authorities has labelled the documentary ‘India: The Modi Query’ as a “propaganda piece”. He has been cleared of any wrongdoing by investigations into the Gujarat riots. Final yr, the Supreme Court docket rejected an attraction in opposition to his exoneration in one of many instances linked to the killings.

Over 1,000 folks have been killed within the three-day violence in Gujarat in 2002 and the state police confronted grave fees of not doing sufficient to cease the riots that started after a practice coach carrying pilgrims was burnt in Godhra, killing 59 folks.

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