The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration shut down the electricity on the campus on Tuesday evening after a group of students tried to organise the screening of a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India Today reported.
On Monday, posters surfaced in JNU campus by JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), announcing screening of the BBC documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’ at 9 pm on Tuesday in the student body’s office. Following this, the JNU administration issued a warning to cancel the event or face “strict disciplinary action”.
However, the student union went ahead with the plan to screen the documentary. In a letter to the administration, stating that the “screening of the movie/documentary is a voluntary action by the students who wish to watch the screening”.
“By screening the documentary/movie, we do not seek to create any form of disharmony. The purpose of the screening is only to watch the documentary on campus. Only the students with voluntary interest would take part in the screening,” the letter added.
Ahead of the scheduled screening, police personnel were deployed outside the JNU campus on Tuesday evening. However, before the screening, the electricity was cut off inside the campus.
Following this, the JNU students’ body shared links with students and asked them to gather together to stream the series on their mobile phones.
“The link will be shared en masse with the students present at the JNUSU office and interested in viewing the documentary. We will view the documentary together in a public gathering on our mobile phone. We will be going ahead with the series screening through alternate mechanisms,” a statement by JNUSU read after power cut in the university campus.