Kerala: Police books BJP workers protesting against BBC documentary screening


The Kerala Police registered a case against the protestors of the Bharatiya Janata Party for unlawful assembly and traffic disruption in Thiruvananthpuram.

When the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Youth Congress presented the contentious BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP workers demonstrated at Poojapura and Manaveeyam Veedhi. The BBC documentary has been prohibited by the Center because it is a “propaganda piece” meant to forward a discredited thesis.

A group of students at Hyderabad Central University organised the screening of the documentary inside the campus on 23 January. The screening was organised by the Student Islamic Organisation and the Muslim Student Federation and was attended by over 50 students.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student leader Mahesh said, “We have escalated the matter to the University authorities and have demanded action on the organisers. The group is organising screening without permission inside the campus premises.”

Later, the Hyderabad Police said that they have received the information about the movie screening but no written complaint was lodged.

India criticised the BBC documentary series on Prime Minister Modi last week.

“This, in our opinion, is propaganda meant to forward a specific, debunked thesis. It is obviously obvious that there is bias, lack of objectivity, and a persistent colonial attitude “Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, stated on 19 January during a weekly media conference.

More than 300 distinguished Indians, including retired judges, government officials, and veterans of the armed forces, signed a declaration criticising the British national broadcaster for its “unrelenting hostility” toward India and its leader in response to the BBC documentary.