“Unauthorised Gatherings and Police Presence: Delhi Universities in Turmoil Over BBC Documentary on PM Modi”

1: around a dozen students were detained by police at jamia millia islamia university in delhi and power and internet were cut off at another delhi university to prevent the screening of a bbc documentary on prime minister narendra modi. dozens of police personnel wearing riot gear were deployed at the university to prevent any unauthorised gatherings. the jnu students’ union had been requested by the university administration not to screen the film.
paragraph 2: reports of a heavy police presence and stone-throwing by a group of 20-30 people were also heard. india’s foreign ministry expressed its displeasure with the bbc’s documentary series on prime minister narendra modi, calling it “a propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative”. the documentary followed mr modi’s political journey, from his rise in the bharatiya janata party to his appointment as chief minister of gujarat.
paragraph 3: the indian government had requested that twitter block tweets linking to the film and youtube block upload. the supreme court of india cleared mr modi in 2013 due to lack of evidence. the documentary shed light on a previously unpublished report from the uk foreign office which raised questions about mr modi’s role in the religious riots that occurred in gujarat in 2002, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths, mostly of muslims. mr modi has always denied any responsibility for the riots and has not issued an apology.


By Evey Lovelace

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