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Security beefed up at Delhi's Jamia over BBC documentary screening, four students detained


NEW DELHI: The Delhi police have detained at least four students associated with the Student Federation of India (SFI) after the student body announced a plan to screen a controversial BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi on the Jamia Millia Islamia campus.

There has also been a heavy deployment of police outside the Jamia Millia Islamia following SFI's plan to screen the documentary today at 6 pm.

According to the SFI, the students who were detained by the police were identified as Azeez, Nivedya, Abhiram, and Tejas. "Azeez has been taken to Sukhdev vihar police station. Nivedya was manhandled by the Security guards. They tried to snatch her mobile phone when she was trying to record the situation," SFI said.

Meanwhile, there has been no official response from the Delhi Police over the arrests. The University Administration has also asked its students not to participate in any gathering or screening of a documentary.

"It has come to the knowledge of the university administration that some students belonging to a political organization (SFI) have circulated a poster about the screening of a controversial documentary film on the university campus today. The university administration has earlier issued a memorandum and once again reiterates that no meeting or gathering of students or screening of any film shall be allowed on the campus without the permission of the competent authority," a statement from the varsity read.

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It further warned the students of strict disciplinary action if failed to adhere to the directives. "The university is taking all possible measures to prevent people and organisations having vested interest to destroy the peaceful academic atmosphere of the university," the statement added.

The SFI attempt to screen the documentary at the Jamia campus comes a day after a similar event was organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The left-leaning JNU students' union (JNUSU) tried to screen the same documentary. However, the screening could not be held. According to JNUSU, the administration snapped power and internet connections at the student party's office. Stone pelting was also reported at the JNU campus when the documentary was being screened.

However, the JNUSU claimed the screen could not be held after power and internet were suspended by the administration. Stone pelting was also reported at the JNU campus when the documentary was being screened.

On Saturday, the Indian government used emergency powers under India's controversial information technology laws to block the documentary from being shared on social media. The Ministry of External Affairs called the documentary a "propaganda piece" that lacks objectivity and reflects a "colonial mindset."

The British broadcaster's programme alleges that the Hindu nationalist Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat at the time, ordered police to turn a blind eye to the violence that left at least 1,000 people dead, most of them minority Muslims. (AIR NEWS)

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