Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday afternoon downplayed reports of a commotion on its campus over attempts to show the controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi.
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday afternoon downplayed reports of a commotion on its campus over attempts to show the controversial BBC documentary on prime minister Narendra Modi.
“Nothing happened inside our university,” university vice chancellor Najma Akhtar told the news agency ANI. “An attempt was made, but it was completely foiled.” “Whatever happened… in the streets… a little incident exaggerated.” All the precautionary measures proved fruitful.
There were dramatic scenes outside the university on Wednesday in Delhi’s Okhla area. In fact, everything returned to normal following the detention of four members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) prior to the planned screening of the BBC documentary.
Dozens more were apprehended by police during the ensuing chaos.
The majority of students were later released, but as of this morning, at least 13 were still being held.
Out of these 13, four are at least students of Jamia: SFI Jamia secretary Azeez, SFI South Delhi vice president Nivedya, and SFI members Abhiram and Tejas.
No student gatherings or movie screenings on campus would be permitted without permission, the university reaffirmed in a notification.
“The university is taking all necessary measures to stop individuals or groups with a vested interest in disrupting the peaceful academic atmosphere here.”
The documentary, which the government has referred to as “propaganda” that displays a “colonial mindset,” has also directed social media platforms to block links to the documentary.
The controversial two-part documentary criticises Modi’s interactions with Indian Muslims and his tenure as Gujarat’s chief minister, during which more than 1,000 people, predominantly Muslims, were killed in sectarian violence.