Police have detained many students in the Indian capital, New Delhi, over the screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role during the deadly Gujarat sectarian riots in 2002.
Police swarmed Delhi University after student groups supportive of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) objected to the screening, seizing laptops and imposing a ban on assemblies of more than four people.Police officer Sagar Singh Kalsi told Indian news channel NDTV that 24 students were detained.
Earlier this week, the federal government used emergency powers to block the airing of the documentary and banned its sharing on social media. Twitter and YouTube complied with the request and removed many links to the documentary.
Students at Delhi University and at numerous campuses across India gathered to watch the documentary on laptops and phones, defying government efforts to stop the film’s streaming.
HIDAYAT TV Official