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Police detains 13 students after Jamia announces screening of controversial BBC documentary

Centre’s action on BBC documentary on PM Modi.

Centre’s action on BBC documentary on PM Modi.

New Delhi. The Delhi Police on Wednesday detained 13 students after the Left-backed student body Students Federation of India (SFI) announced to screen the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These students were protesting against not being given permission to show the documentary. And the university administration has not given permission for the screening. It was made clear from the side of the administration that they are taking all possible steps to prevent people and organizations with vested interests from destroying the peaceful academic environment of the university.

A Delhi Police official said 13 student members of the SFI were detained hours before the SFI announced plans to screen the documentary at 6 pm. The Jamia unit of SFI released a poster according to which the documentary would be screened at SCRC lawn gate number 8 at 6 pm. The SFI, in a statement issued after its members were taken into custody, said that Aziz, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia and secretary of Jamia unit of SFI, Nivedya, a student of Jamia and vice-president of South Delhi region of SFI, student of Jamia and SFI Members Abhiram and Tejas were wrongly detained by the Delhi Police before the screening. It said that the Jamia unit of SFI had decided to screen the BBC documentary on the campus.

The university administration also issued a statement saying that no permission has been taken for the screening of the documentary and it will not be allowed to be screened. The university said that strict disciplinary action will be taken against the organizers if the order is violated in any way. The documentary was also screened at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday and the organizers claimed that electricity supply and internet were cut off and stones were pelted at them.

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