Violence erupted after 59 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire. Thirty-one Muslims were convicted of conspiracy and murder in connection with the case.
At least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the ensuing riots.
The documentary cited a previously classified UK Foreign Office report that said the violence was “politically motivated” and aimed “to expel Muslims from Hindu areas”.
The report also argues that the riots would not have been possible “without the climate of impunity” created by the Modi government.
India has dismissed the series as a “hostile” propaganda piece and, under a controversial information technology law, has asked major social media platforms such as Twitter and YouTube to block sharing and streaming of the series. I ordered.
Earlier this week, authorities at New Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University also banned the screening attempt and warned of “severe disciplinary action” if the edict was ignored.
But rebellious student groups have gathered there and on many university campuses across India to watch the documentary on their laptops and phone screens.
Modi ran Gujarat from 2001 until he was elected prime minister in 2014, briefly facing a US travel ban over violence.
An investigative team appointed by India’s Supreme Court to investigate the role of Modi and others in the violence said in 2012 that it had found no evidence to indict him.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/indian-police-detain-students-screening-bbc-modi-documentary-3237216 Indian police detain student for showing BBC Modi documentary