New Delhi, January 25 (KMS): Groups of students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) continued with their screening of the first episode of the BBC’s documentary series on Narendra Modi on Tuesday night, despite an electricity blackout created by the administration and stone-pelting allegedly by ABVP members.
Because of the blackout and the fact that the university refused to grant permission for the screening, groups of students watched the episode on different laptops in the students’ union office.
After the power and internet were cut off and students were attacked with stones by members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad – all India student organisation affiliated to Hindutva organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the students marched in protest to the main gate of the campus.
“Students of ABVP pelted stones at us,” N. Sai Balaji, former president of the students’ union, told the media. “To ensure the safety of students we have come towards the main gate. We want urgent restoration of electricity. We will not move from the gate till the time electricity is restored. The police are not responding to our calls.”
Later at night, students also marched to the police station to file a complaint on the stone-pelting.
“We believe that this country stands for democracy and every form of dissent is celebrated here. By taking this stance and disconnecting power supply, they chose to break our spirit and are trying to finish dissent. If you think that you’ll end JNU’s idea of dissent then that’s not what’s going to happen,” student body president Aishe Ghosh said to the protesting students.