Police officials sprung to action at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) (university) on Wednesday ahead of the planned screening of the controversial documentary at the university campus.
Arbab Ali | TwoCircles.net
NEW DELHI — Delhi Police officials on Wednesday detained a dozen students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) ahead of the planned screening of the BBC documentary at the university campus.
Classes at the university were suspended as dozens of police personnel wearing riot gear were deployed. Only students appearing for examinations were being allowed in and others turned away.
The university administration had prohibited any screening of the film on the campus without permission.” In an order issued on Tuesday, authorities at Jamia said disciplinary action will be taken if the documentary was screened at the university. They said they would not allow any “unauthorised gatherings” on campus after the Students Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), announced the screening on Facebook.
Student activists, waving banners and raising slogans against the crackdown, were seen being hauled away by the police.
According to the student-body Students Federation of India (SFI), 12 students are yet to be released and are being held at the Fatehpur Beri Police Station.
Arbab Ali is a fellow at the TCN-SEED mentorship program.