PM Modi documentary: Chaos at JNU after alleged stone pelting by ABVP

Debjit Mukherjee: The BBC docuseries controversy has intensified as Jawaharlal Nehru University students marched towards Vasant Kunj police station late on Tuesday night amid claims of stone pelting by ABVP during the screening of the banned movie on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh alleged that the varsity administration cut power and internet to stop the event. As the screening could not be held, they were watching the documentary on their mobile phones when they were attacked and stones were pelted by the ABVP.

“ABVP pelted stones, but no step by the administration yet. We almost completed the film’s screening. Our priority is that electricity should be restored. We filed a complaint, and police assured us they’ll be immediately looking into the incident. We gave the name & details of all the persons involved. As of now, we’re calling off the protest. We’ll also file a complaint at JNU Proctor office” Ghosh said.

Students from outside the university had come to the screening and attacked ABVP students, the president of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad claimed, adding that the Students’ Federation of India, the Left’s student wing, orchestrated the attack. “Students from outside JNU had come to the screening and they attacked ABVP students. We took a conscious decision to stay away from the controversy and asked all members not to go near the screening” ABVP president Rohit Kumar said.