Four Students Detained After Ruckus Over BBC Documentary Screening; Tight Security Outside Jamia Milia Islamia University

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday detained at least four students for allegedly creating a ruckus outside Jamia Milia Islamia University here over the proposed screening of the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots. Security has been heightened outside the prestigious university ahead of the screening of the BBC documentary, the Delhi Police said. Central Reserve Police Force has been deployed outside the university after a row erupted in the Jawaharlal Nehru University over the screening of the documentary.

Left-affiliated Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has earlier announced that it will screen the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Jamia Millia Islamia campus at 6 pm.

A poster was also put up by SFI’s Jamia unit in this regard, following which the college authorities took note of the issue and issued a notice with orders the violation of which would lead to action.

The poster read that the documentary will be screened at 6 pm at the MCRC lawn gate no 8.  The university administration, however, said no permission has been sought for the screening of the documentary and “we will not allow” it.

When contacted, a Jamia official said, “They did not ask for permission for the screening and we will not allow the screening. If students go out of their way to do something then strict action would be taken against them.”

The screening at the Jamia campus comes a day after a similar screening was organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University during which students claimed that power and internet were suspended and stones were thrown at them.

This comes after the ruckus over the screening of the documentary at JNU. The authorities at JNU stopped the electricity supply to the students’ union office on Tuesday to prevent the screening of the documentary. Internet connection on the campus was also taken down. Sources also reported stone pelting between members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Left-wing students.