India The Modi Question: Members of the Hindu Sena on Sunday allegedly put up anti-BBC placards outside the BBC office on Kasturba Gandhi Marg in Delhi. The Hindu Sena has put up these placards regarding the BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Placards reading “BBC is a threat to India’s unity and should be banned” and “Stop tarnishing BBC India’s image” were put up outside the main gate of the BBC office amid the ongoing controversy over the controversial documentary. The police removed the placards. The Hindu Sena members also accused the media organization of hatching a conspiracy to tarnish the image of both India and Prime Minister Modi.
Ban was lifted after apologizing
Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta said that BBC is a threat to the unity and integrity of the country and the channel should be banned immediately in India. He recalled that BBC was banned in India when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister. Gupta claimed that the ban was lifted after the organization apologized.
Hindu Sena members fled
A senior police officer said, “Our patrol team, which was nearby, noticed the placards outside the BBC office and removed them.” He said, “Some of them (Hindu Sena members) were trying to display the placards elsewhere, but due to the presence of the police, they could not and fled.”
legal action not initiated
He said that legal action has not been initiated as no complaint has been received. Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia protested here during the last week after the university authorities refused to allow the screening of the documentary.
The central government had last week directed social media platforms Twitter and YouTube to block links to the documentary titled ‘India: The Modi Question’. The Ministry of External Affairs termed it as a ‘propaganda material’ and said that it lacked neutrality and reflected colonial mindset. However, opposition parties have criticized the government’s move to block access to the documentary.
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