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Power cut at JNU during screening of BBC documentary, students allege stone pelting

Student leader Aishe Ghosh had also alleged that the JNU administration deliberately cut off the power to stop the students from watching the documentary.
10:29 AM Jan 25, 2023 IST | APN Live
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Several students had assembled near the union office for the scheduled screening of BBC’s India: The Modi Question documentary on Tuesday night at Jawaharlal University. The documentary has been mired in a lot of controversy of late.

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According to reports the students failed to continue on to watch the screening, owing to the power cut in the campus.

The JNU administration had previously denied permission to the students for the screening of the documentary. The administration also warned that disciplinary actions will be taken against students who will organise the screening. However, the JNUSU in a statement had claimed and said that there is no intention to spread disharmony of any form through the screening of the documentary.

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After facing power black out during the scheduled screening, the students went to the cafeteria inside the campus premises to watch the documentary on their phones and laptops. However, it was reported that on watching the documentary in the cafeteria, some students were subjected to stone pelting.

Student leader Aishe Ghosh had also alleged that the JNU administration deliberately cut off the power to stop the students from watching the documentary.

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After facing alleged stone pelting, the students marched to the Vasant Kunj Police station in South Delhi and raised slogans in order for the Police to take action. Student leader Aishe Ghosh also told the media that a complaint has been filed and the police promised to take prompt action and probe into the incident. Ghosh also said that they have given information on students involved in the stone pelting.

Ghosh also said that they are planning to file a complaint at the JNU Proctor office.

Administration’s response to power cut

The Vice-chancellor of JNU, Santishree Pandit said that there was an issue with the electricity line due to which the faculty residences and other facilities were affected. Pandit added that the engineers are looking into the incident.

BBC Documentary

The news of the screening being hindered comes in the wake of the Centre instructing the social media platforms including Twitter and YouTube to block links to the documentary. The Ministry of external affairs had dubbed the documentary to be a propaganda piece and attributed the documentary lacking in objectivity, as well as reflecting colonial mindset.

Despite the Centre slamming the documentary as Propaganda piece, the Opposition leaders had themselves Tweeted the link to the documentary and slammed the ruling BJP for censorship.

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