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    Jamia Students Detained, Police Stationed Outside University Over Screening Of BBC Film On PM Modi

    The police action came after the university administration said that no permission has been sought for the screening of the documentary and "we will not allow" it.

    By Talibuddin Khan
    Wed, 25 Jan 2023 02:42 PM (IST)

    FOUR students linked to the Students' Federation of India (SFI) have been detained by the police from outside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi after the students' body announced that they will screen the controversial BBC Documentary on PM Narendra Modi inside the campus at 6 pm today. The detained students have been identified as Azeez, Nivedya, Abhiram, and Tejas.

    The police said that the students created a ruckus outside the campus and manhandled the personnel deployed to maintain law and order. The police action was initiated at the request of the Chief Proctor of the University. The university administration said that no permission was sought for the screening of the documentary and "we will not allow" it.

    "The University reiterates that no meeting of students or screening of any film will be allowed in the campus without permission. University is taking all measures to prevent people/organisations having vested interest to destroy peaceful academic atmosphere here," the university said in a statement. 

    "All Deans of the Faculties, Heads of the Departments, Directors of Centres are advised to display this notice on all the notice boards of their respective Faculties/Departments/Centres on a priority basis for the information of all students," the circular added.

    On Monday the administration of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi also warned against screening the BBC documentary on the campus after a group of students released a pamphlet inviting students to a screening of the film at the students union's office at 9 pm on Tuesday (January 24).

    The JNU Students Union wrote to the university administration over its firm advisory against the screening of the BBC documentary stating that they "do not seek to create any form of disharmony" and their purpose is to only watch it on the campus. It also mentioned in the letter that the students with "voluntary interest" would take part in the screening.

    Later in the night, the JNU students marched toward Vasant Kunj police station claiming stone pelting by members of ABVP while the said documentary was being screened. The protest was later called off after the police assured students of taking up the matter and looking into it immediately.


    (With Agency Inputs)

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