According to the Students' Federation of India, more than 70 students who had assembled at Jamia Millia Islamia to protest the arrest of four activists over the planned showing of a BBC documentary against Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been arrested by the Delhi Police.
The cops didn't intervene right away.
There was a significant police presence outside the college where the students had congregated. The Rapid Action Force has personnel stationed at the gate.
The protesters who had assembled there were imprisoned, according to Pritish Menon, secretary of the Delhi state committee of the Students' Federation of India (SFI).
"They were taken into custody before we could start the rally. To the police station they were transported, "said Menon to PTI.
The documentary will be shown at the MCRC lawn gate 8 at 6 o'clock, according to a flyer put up by the SFI branch in Jamia, which is supported by the Left.
Following the SFI's announcement that it would be showing the contentious documentary on campus, the Delhi Police said on Wednesday that four students had been arrested.
The screening would not be permitted, according to the university administration, which also said that they were taking all necessary precautions to thwart individuals and groups having a "vested interest in destroying the calm academic environment of the institution."
The university administration also released a statement, stating that the documentary showing would not be permitted since no permission had been requested.
"Some students belonging to a political organization have disseminated a poster concerning showing of a contentious documentary film on the university campus today," the statement from the university administration said.
No meeting, gathering of students, or film showing is permitted on campus without prior approval from the appropriate authorities, as stated in a previous letter or circular from the university.
It stated that in the event of any violations, the organizers will face serious disciplinary action.
According to the statement, "The institution is taking all reasonable precautions to prevent persons or organizations with a vested interest in destroying the peaceful academic environment of the university."
A day after a similar event was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, during which students reported that electricity and internet were interrupted and stones were thrown at them, the SFI attempted to show the documentary on the Jamia campus.