Late Night Drama: Stone Pelting, Power Cut At JNU Over PM Modi Docu

| Updated: January 25, 2023 2:30 pm

A group of students who gathered at the JNU Students’ Union office on Tuesday, to watch a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed the university administration cut off power and internet access to prevent the event. They then allegedly staged a protest after being attacked with stones.

They stated that they were attacked while watching the video on their mobile devices because the screening could not take place. Some claimed that the stone-pelters belonged to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a charge the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated student body denied.

Later that night, the protesting students marched to the Vasant Kunj police station to file a report against the “stone pelters” while yelling “Inqlaab Zinadabad” and anti-Jawaharlal Nehru University administration.

On the power cut at the campus, a JNU administration official said, “There is a major (power) line fault at the university. We are looking into it. The engineering department is saying it will be resolved at the earliest.”

The JNU administration did not immediately respond officially to the students’ accusations and claims. A Monday advisory stated that the union had not obtained its consent for the event and that it should be cancelled under threat of severe disciplinary punishment.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, however, had earlier in the day declared in a statement that there was no desire to sow any kind of discord through the screening of the documentary or film. It also requested clarification from the administration on the rules requiring prior approval for any film or documentary screening on university property.

JNU-All India Students Association (AISA) secretary Madhurima said, “Some students had seen ABVP activists pelting stones and recognised them.” The ABVP denied the allegation, saying they were not present on the spot. “We did not go the spot and no one from us (the students’ body) was there. They are just taking our names to get more coverage,” ABVP Delhi media convenor Ambuj said.

It had said that no prior permission for this event had been taken from the JNU administration, alleges administration. 

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