India: Police and students clash as tensions rise over banned BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi | World News

Tensions have risen in India since police and students clashed over a BBC documentary examining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The second and final part of the series was shown in the UK on Tuesday evening, while the authorities The largest democracy in the world have been Attempts are being made to stop the controversial program from airing. Its colleges, universities and on social media.

The government’s efforts have been criticized as an attack on press freedom – while protests calling for its screening continue.

On Wednesday, police clashed with protesters at New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University where a student group said it planned to screen a banned documentary.

Security personnel guard the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.  Tensions flared at the university after a student group said it planned to screen a banned documentary that examines Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and #  39 during anti-Muslim riots of 2002;  , prompting dozens of police armed with tear gas and riot gear to gather outside the campus gates.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarp)
Police outside the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia University. Photo: AP

Police armed with tear gas and riot gear gathered outside the campus gate and detained at least six students as trouble erupted.

This comes as Jawaharlal Nehru University in the capital cut off electricity and internet on its campus on Tuesday before the documentary was to be screened by the students’ union. After that, hundreds of people reportedly watched it on their laptops and mobile phones.

Authorities at the University of Hyderabad in southern India have launched an investigation after a student group screened a banned documentary earlier this week.

The Students’ Federation of India has said that it plans to screen the program in every state in India.

India’s federal government blocked the BBC documentary over the weekend and banned people from sharing clips on social media, citing emergency powers under information technology laws.

Twitter and YouTube complied with the request and removed many links to the documentary.

INDIA: The Modi question looks at the role of the prime minister when he was chief minister of the western state of Gujarat when it was engulfed in riots.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was earlier the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

More than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in the violence, according to official figures, and erupted after a train carrying Hindu pilgrims caught fire, killing 59.

Human rights activists estimate the death toll in the riots to be at least twice that.

Mr. Modi has denied allegations that he failed to stop the violence.

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Suspicions that Mr. Modi tacitly supported the riots led Britain, the United States and the European Union to deny him visas – a move that has since been reversed.

India’s foreign ministry last week called the documentary “a propaganda piece designed to push a particularly discredited narrative”.

But the BBC said the program was “rigorously researched” and included a wide range of voices and opinions – and added that the Indian government had “refused to respond” to issues raised in the series. gave”.

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