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BBC documentary row: Student outfits call for screening at DU

"We have written to Delhi Police regarding this. They will take action. Proper police deployment would be done. We cannot allow such a screening," Abbi said.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- January 27th 2023 02:02 PM
BBC documentary row: Student outfits call for screening at DU

BBC documentary row: Student outfits call for screening at DU

New Delhi, January 27: For the past few days the ongoing ruckus over the screenings at Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), student body have given a call for holding the screening of the controversial BBC documentary at Delhi University and Ambedkar University on Friday. 

On Friday, the university’s proctor Rajni Abbi said that they will not allow the screening of the BBC documentary. Later, he stressed that the outfits have not sought the administration's permission.


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"We have written to Delhi Police regarding this. They will take action. Proper police deployment would be done. We cannot allow such a screening," Abbi said.

"We have received information that NSUI is planning to screen this documentary at the Arts faculty... No permission has been sought for it. We will not allow such behaviour," she said, adding that the film has been banned by the government.

The announcement was also made by the Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI) to show the documentary on the 2002 Godhra riots at 4 pm in North Campus. The Bhim Army Student Federation said that it will hold the screening at 5 pm outside the Arts Faculty in DU.

The security arrangements have been made on the campus to maintain peace and tranquillity in the area, a senior police officer said. 

"We will ensure that law and order is maintained by the deployment of police personnel, paramilitary forces and patrolling staff. Videography will also be done and we would also be using drones to videograph the entire act," he said.

"However, we are making all the efforts to persuade students to not conduct any screening on the roads in the Delhi University campus. We will ensure that law and order is maintained and have taken adequate measures accordingly," the officer added.

The Jamia Millia Islamia on Wednesday became the centre of a kerfuffle after SFI's plans to organise the screening of the documentary were thwarted by the varsity and the police. The JNU too, witnessed a ruckus and protests over the screening of the same on Tuesday.

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- With inputs from agencies

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