Stones Thrown, Blackout As JNU Students Screen BBC Documentary On PM Modi: 10 Facts

Left wing supporters have caught two students, who, they claimed, were throwing the stones. The two, they said, belong to the ABVP, the students' wing of the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

After the blackout, the students watched the documentary on their cellphones and laptops.

New Delhi: Plans of some students to screen the controversial BBC series on PM Narendra Modi at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University went awry Tuesday as power and internet were cut off. Stones were thrown at those watching it on phones, allegedly by the ABVP.

Here's your 10-Point cheatsheet in this big story:

  1. Left wing supporters have caught two students, who, they claimed, were throwing the stones. The two, they said, belong to the ABVP, the students' wing of the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. "Students of ABVP pelted stones at us," said N Sai Balaji, former president of the Students Union.  

  2. "To ensure the safety of students we have come towards the main gate. We want urgent restoration of electricity. We will not move from the gate till the time electricity is restored. The police are not responding to our calls," he added.

  3. Aishe Ghosh, president of the Left-backed Students' Federation of India, alleged that the administration was responsible for the blackout. "We will watch the documentary with the help of mobile phones using QR codes," she told NDTV. The JNU administration was not available for comment.

  4. The JNU administration had refused to give permission for the screening, which India has barred from online sharing. The administration said disciplinary action will be taken if the documentary was screened.

  5. After the blackout, the students headed for a cafeteria inside the campus, where they watched the documentary on their cellphones and laptops. While they were watching the documentary, some stones were thrown at them from behind the bushes, sources said. 

  6. Late at night, the students marched towards police station and held a protest there. The protest was later called off after the police assured them that they will look into the matter. "We filed a complaint, and the police assured us they'll be immediately looking into the incident. We gave the name and details of all the persons involved," Ms Ghosh said, according to ANI.

  7. Earlier in the day, a student group in Hyderabad University screened the documentary. The university authorities have asked its officials to submit a report on the matter.

  8. Last week, sources said the government had asked Twitter and YouTube to remove the controversial BBC series on PM Modi, which claims to have investigated certain aspects of the 2002 Gujarat riots when he was the Chief Minister of the state.

  9. In a sharp takedown of the BBC, the Centre called it a "propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative". "The bias and lack of objectivity and frankly continuing colonial mindset are blatantly visible," the foreign ministry said.

  10. Slamming the government over the "censorship", several opposition leaders had tweeted alternative links where the first of the two-part series could be watched.  "Shame that the emperor & courtiers of the world's largest democracy are so insecure (sic)," tweeted Trinamool Congress's Mohua Moitra.



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