Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar on Wednesday accused a college students group planning to display screen the controversial BBC documentary on 2002 Godhra riots on the campus of “disturbing peace and concord”, and asserted that she won’t enable such a behaviour within the varsity beneath her watch.
The screening of the documentary, the entry of which was not too long ago blocked by the Centre on social media platforms, was introduced by the College students’ Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday. The transfer, nevertheless, elicited sharp response from the varsity administration and led to the detention of a number of college students by the Delhi Police.
“We don’t need any disturbance on the campus. We need to maintain peace and concord within the college the place college students are finding out and giving exams,” Akhtar instructed PTI.
“A small group like SFI, which has no following, is holding protests. We don’t approve of this sort of behaviour. Their purpose is to disturb peace and concord on the campus. For gratis, I’ll enable this sort of behaviour beneath my watch,” she asserted.
Requested whether or not any motion can be taken in opposition to the protesting college students, the VC mentioned the authorities will ask for a report and “take motion in opposition to the scholars, if essential”. The Jamia unit of SFI, a leftist group, had on Tuesday introduced the screening of the documentary “India: The Modi Query” and launched a poster. It had mentioned that the identical can be screened at MCRC garden gate quantity 8 at 6 pm on Wednesday.
The varsity administration had denied permission for the occasion and warned about motion in opposition to the erring college students.
Jamia Millia Islamia on Wednesday witnessed a heavy deployment of police personnel as many college students protested in opposition to the detention of 4 activists over the proposed screening.
Delhi Police on Wednesday mentioned they detained 4 college students after the SFI introduced its plan to display screen the controversial documentary on the campus. SFI later claimed that 70 protesters had been additionally detained by the police.
The college administration mentioned it was taking all measures to forestall individuals and organisations with a “vested curiosity to destroy the peaceable educational environment of the college”.
The college had earlier issued a memorandum/round reiterating that no assembly/gathering of scholars or screening of any movie shall be allowed on the campus with out permission from the competent authority.
The College students Islamic Organisation (SIO) additionally strongly condemned the “unlawful detention” of three college students of Jamia Millia Islamia by the town police.
“We firmly stand in opposition to police’s makes an attempt to silence the democratic voices and rights of the scholars and residents. Universities and campuses will need to have an setting that provide free and truthful dialogue and debates beneath constitutional values,” it mentioned.
In a bid to quell the protests, the administration locked the varsity gates and prohibited all entries. Solely these college students who had an examination at 5.30 pm had been allowed to enter the campus.
The SFI’s try to display screen the documentary on the Jamia campus comes a day after the same occasion was organised at Jawaharlal Nehru College throughout which college students claimed that energy and Web had been suspended and stones hurled at them.
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