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The college suspended the web to cease college students from screening and watching the sequence, which has already been blocked from a number of platforms by the Centre.

By India Today Web Desk: The Jawaharlal Nehru College, or JNU, was witness to huge chaos and violence on Tuesday because the administration lower electrical energy provide to the campus as a number of college students gathered on the JNU college students’ union workplace for a screening of the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Authorities even suspended the web to cease college students from screening and watching the sequence, which has already been blocked from a number of platforms by the Centre.

Quickly, the violence turned political as some claimed that members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) threw stones at college students who had come to observe the sequence. They claimed that they had been attacked after they had been watching the documentary on their cellphones. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated pupil physique denied the costs.


The college admin is but to launch an official assertion on the claims made by the scholars. It had, nonetheless, warned college students on Monday in opposition to the screening, issuing an advisory that the scholars’ union didn’t search permission for the occasion and that it needs to be referred to as off.

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A JNU administration official spoke to information company PTI on the situation of anonymity concerning the energy lower: “There is a major (power) line fault at the university. We are looking into it. The engineering department is saying it will be resolved at the earliest.”


Earlier within the day on Tuesday, the Jawaharlal Nehru College College students’ Union (JNUSU) issued an announcement which stated that they haven’t any intention to create any disharmony via the screening of the documentary or film. It additionally sought a clarification from the administration about guidelines that mandate prior permission to be taken to display screen any movie or documentary on the college premises.


When college students gathered to observe the controversial sequence final night as deliberate, the electrical energy provide and web had been lower to cease college students from watching it.

This quickly escalated into clashes, with college students affiliated to the scholars’ wing of the varied political events getting into right into a confrontation over the screening. Some claimed ABVP members threw stones, whereas some marched to the police station in Vasant Kunj to file a case in opposition to the “stone pelters”. Slogans had been raised in opposition to the varsity’s administration.

The Left’s college students’ physique, SFI, stated that the JNUSU had referred to as for a screening of the BBC documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’ on Tuesday, which was met with instant diktat from the JNU administration to close it down. “While the documentary remains un-banned, countrywide censorship of the documentary has been exercised by the Centre to protect their demi-god Narendra Modi whose links with the Gujarat riots remain unflinchingly visible in the documentary as well as in the accounts of victims,” the SFI stated.

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Neeraj Kundan, the nationwide president of the Congress’s NSUI, stated: “Prior to the screening, the JNU administration cut all power sources and jammed the internet to prevent students from watching the reality of communal history, the ruling party and its warlord Modi.”

“The ABVP also started stone pelting during screening. Despite such attempts, students joined in hundreds to watch the series on their own. The spirit of JNU and its political responsible student community remains high even as threats of violence by the ABVP and disciplinary action by the administration. The students yet again were victorious in standing by the principles of secularism and equality. It is a war cry to the fascists inside and outside the campus that their agenda will not be successful in JNU or the country,” he added.

JNU-All India College students Affiliation (AISA) secretary Madhurima stated, “Some students had seen ABVP activists pelting stones and recognised them.”

“Also, a teacher called and said that some goons around the main gate, in masks, were talking about weapons,” she added.

AISA’s nationwide president N Sai Balaji, who was current on the spot, stated, “They (the JNU administration) cut off the power and internet.” College students had downloaded the documentary on their cellphones via an app to observe and share later, he stated.

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Asrar Ahmed, who had come for the screening stated, “We were watching the documentary peacefully (on our phones) but some people began throwing stones at us. As it was dark, they could not be identified.”

The ABVP has denied all the costs, saying their members weren’t on the spot. “We did not go to the spot and no one of us (the students’ body) was there. They are just taking our names to get more coverage,” ABVP’s Delhi media convenor Ambuj instructed information company PTI.

“The JNUSU organised a screening of the documentary. However, the JNU administration said no prior information was given about the event. No such permission is required for such events. They cut the power supply and stones were thrown at students who were watching the documentary on their phones,” pupil activist Qasim stated.

“There is an atmosphere of fear on the university campus. We tried to mobilise students towards the gate but the goons were there as well. So, we decided to march towards the police station and demand that electricity be restored,” he stated.


No FIR has been filed but, the police stated. The scholars of the college have given a grievance, they stated, including that they’re probing the allegations.

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The Centre on Saturday directed Twitter and YouTube to dam hyperlinks to the BBC documentary titled ‘India: The Modi Question’. The Ministry of Exterior Affairs dismissed the documentary as a ‘propaganda piece’ that lacks objectivity and displays a colonial mindset.

The opposition has slammed the federal government’s transfer to dam entry to the documentary.

The 2-part BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” claims to have investigated sure points of the 2002 Gujarat riots when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state. The documentary has not been screened in India.

(With enter from PTI)

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