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‘Stones bombed’ at JNU students watching BBC series on PM Modi amid campus blackout


Unidentified disbelievers allegedly threw stones at students watching the BBC series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The incident happened after the JNU administration cut off the electricity on campus. However, power has now been restored.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 25, 2023 3:03 a.m. IST

JNU Stonepelt

The alleged stone throw happened during a power outage on campus (screen capture from video)

By Akshay Dongare, Milan Sharma, Arvind Ojha: A group of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) watching the BBC series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi were reportedly pelted with stones on Tuesday.

The incident occurred during a blackout after JNU administration turn off the electricity on campus.

Here are the latest updates:

1) A few hours after the JNU administration cut off the electricity on campus, power was restored.

2) Students watching the documentary said a brick was also thrown at them as they watched the documentary on their phones. However, the people who allegedly threw stones at the students could not be identified because there was no electricity on campus.

3) JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh said students would block the gates of the university if Delhi police did not intervene. She added that it was not safe for students to return to their hostel without electricity on campus.

4) After the police said that legal action would only be taken if they received a complaint from a group of students inside the university, the students started marching towards Vasant Kunj police station to file a formal complaint.

5) The student protest ended at Vasant Kunj police station after a complaint was filed. The complaint states that 25 disbelievers were involved in the stone-throwing incident. The police also arrived on campus. On Wednesday morning, a complaint will be filed with the JNU administration.

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The JNU administration on Monday canceled the screening of the BBC documentary series, ‘India: The Modi Question’ at the university after posters advertising the event surfaced. According to the posters, the documentary was to be screened at 9 p.m. Tuesday in the student body office.

The administration said the event could “disrupt the peace and harmony of the college campus” and asked organizers to cancel the screening.

However, the students went on to say that they “are not looking to create any form of discord”. In a letter to the administration, the students said only those with a “voluntary interest” would participate in the selection.

After the administration cut off the electricity on campus to prevent the screening, the JNU student body shared links with the students and asked them to gather to watch the documentary on their cellphones.

Police were deployed on campus ahead of the screening.

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