JNU BBC Documentary: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has once again become an arena. There was a lot of ruckus in JNU late on Tuesday night over the screening of the controversial documentary prepared by BBC on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The students alleged that the university administration cut off electricity and internet connection. He then watched the documentary on his mobile phone. On the other hand, the university administration says that the power supply was interrupted due to a technical fault, which is being rectified. There are also reports of stone pelting between student groups.
Leftist students held a screening of the government-banned documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’ in the lawns of the Student Activity Centre. Even before the screening, there was a power cut on the campus. After this the students shared the link with each other on mobile and started watching the documentary on laptop-mobile under the light of mobile torch. JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh alleges that students belonging to ABVP pelted stones at her during this period. Police also reached the campus on the information of ruckus. On the other hand, angry students took out a protest march from the campus to Vasant Kunj.
Aishe Ghosh said, “ABVP has pelted stones. Despite this, no action has been taken by the administration so far. We have almost completed the screening of the film, our priority is to restore power here. We have lodged a complaint against 25 people. The police have assured that they will investigate. Those who have been hurt will also record their statement at the police station tomorrow after treatment. We will also complain to the JNU administration.
At the same time, on this whole controversy, Delhi Police says that if any complaint is received from any section of JNU, it will take appropriate and necessary legal action. An official of the JNU administration said on the condition of anonymity, “There has been a serious fault in the power supply line in the university. We are probing it. The engineering department is saying that it will be resolved at the earliest.
Students who gathered outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) office to watch the documentary claimed that stones were pelted at them when they were watching it on their phones. However, a senior police officer said that no such incident was reported to the police. There was also no immediate official response from the JNU administration on the allegations and claims of the students. He had said on Monday that the students’ union had not taken his permission for the event and it should be cancelled.
All India Students’ Association (AISA) national president N Sai Balaji claimed that students downloaded the documentary on their mobile phones through an online application to watch and share it. Asrar Ahmed, who went to watch the documentary, said, “We were watching the documentary peacefully on our phones, but some people threw stones at us. Due to darkness, the stone pelters could not be identified.
A student said, “The JNU administration has cut off electricity and internet. We shared the documentary with other students and are watching it together.” Balaji also claimed that plainclothes policemen were roaming the campus. However, there was no immediate reaction from the police.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) comprises members of the Left-backed Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), All India Students’ Association (AISA), Student Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF). The government on Friday directed Twitter and YouTube to block links to the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”. The Ministry of External Affairs has dismissed the documentary as a “propaganda ploy”. The government says it lacks impartiality and reflects a colonial mindset.