Now, Ambedkar University screens BBC documentary; admin cuts power

The exact script was followed at Ambedkar University as in JNU. Call for screening, no permission from administration, defiance of ban, power cut, raising of Azaadi slongans and deployment of security forces.

New Delhi | Updated: 27 January, 2023 5:19 pm IST

A certain section of students of Ambedkar University is the latest to join the bandwagon of those creating ruckus on campus by calling for screening of the controversial BBC documentary, “India: The Modi Question”. Section 144 (prohibitory order) was imposed in North Campus, Delhi University on Friday as the DU administration refused to give permission for the screening.

The same trail of events that were witnessed in JNU and Jamia, were also repeated in Ambedkar University. A call was given out by Student Federation of India, and All India Student Association, exhorting students to join the screening.

The University authorities barred students from organising any such event. Subsequently, the local police was also informed about the development.

However, defying the orders, over 200 students, gathered at the premises in the afternoon and raised “azaadi azaadi” slogans against the administration. In retaliation, the administration cut off electricity supply.

The students then watched the film on their laptops and mobile phones by sharing QR codes. The Students from the ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) also gathered at the same time and had a face-off with left students ensued. The guards who were present inside the campus intervened. Local police had to be called in.

The police and the administration later managed to convince the students to disperse.

Meanwhile, the students from Bheem Army Students Federation (BASF) also planned to screen the same film at the Arts Faculty of the North Campus of Delhi University. On the request of the DU administration, the Delhi Police imposed section 144 (prohibitory order) to prevent the gathering in the campus. This screening was scheduled to happen at 5 pm.

Earlier this week, JNU campus witnessed massive ruckus as students defied administration’s advisory barring them from screening the film. There were reports of stone pelting and ABVP students being held hostage. Similar scenes were also witnessed on Jamia campus a day later.

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