After JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia University students also followed suit to screen the BBC Documentary on PM Narendra Modi named India: The Modi Question. The move by the Jamia Millia Islamia students to screen the BBC documentary comes days after JNU’s screening of the documentary. According to reports, the police have thwarted the students from screening the film, as well as detained more than dozens of students.
It was also reported that the classes of the students were also suspended owing to the crackdown by the police. The BBC documentary was scheduled to be screened in the evening.
It was reported, upon learning about the screening of the BBC documentary, the police force in riot gear and tear gas cannons rushed to the gates of the college. The police barred the students coming into the university campus and only allowed the students who were appearing for examination.
It was also reported that the police force also hauled away the student activists who were showing banners and sloganeering against the police forces deployed outside the campus premises. Reports suggest that students who are detained during the crackdown by the police also include the student leaders affiliated with the left parties.
According to reports, the Jamia Millia Islamia university issued an order which warned the students against disallowed assembly inside the campus premises. The order was issued after the left wing parties including SFI and the student wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist) had announced that there will be a screening of the BBC.
Another incident of BBC documentary screening
The Documentary has also sparked a controversy between the ruling party and the opposition who slammed the Centre for censorship. The screening of the BBC documentary was also organized in another prestigious institution Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday night. However, the students failed to screen the film owing to the power cut allegedly by the administration.
JNU administration had also denied the permission for the screening of the film
BBC Documentary row between Centre and Opposition
The BBC documentary had come under scrutiny after the Centre reportedly directed Twitter and Youtube to take down links of the video. However, the opposition had slammed the ruling party and dubbed the move by the centre to be an attempt at censorship.