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Uproar over showing controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi in JNU, stones pelted fiercely, many injured

JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh talking to the media.

JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh talking to the media.


There was a lot of ruckus in Delhi’s Jawaharlal University last night over a BBC documentary. The students’ union has alleged that the university management cut off electricity so that the documentary could not be screened. Not only this, the student union also alleged that some people pelted stones at the students while they were watching the documentary on mobiles. JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh has directly told the hand of ABVP behind this stone pelting. He has said that we have lodged a complaint against 25 people. The police should investigate the matter impartially.

According to media reports, the JNU management had appealed not to show the BBC documentary. It was said that showing this documentary can incite violence and vitiate the atmosphere. Despite this appeal from the management, the students’ union decided to show the documentary to the students. It is being told that when the time came to show the documentary, there was a sudden power failure. This enraged the students and started raising slogans. After this some students started watching the documentary on mobile. It is alleged that suddenly stones started pelting on the students who were watching the documentary on mobile. It is not clear who threw the stones, but JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh has blamed the ABVP behind it.

He said that we have lodged a complaint against 25 people, the police have assured that they will investigate. He said that those injured in the stone pelting would give their statement at the police station after treatment. Apart from this, we will also complain to the JNU administration tomorrow.

He alleged that ABVP pelted stones, but so far no action has been taken by the administration. He said that we have almost completed the screening of the film. Now power should be restored here. He also made it clear that we are stopping the protest now, but the police are urged that strict action should be taken against the accused by conducting a fair investigation. On the other hand, the university management says that there was a power failure due to technical fault. Efforts are on to rectify this problem.

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