Pune: Pune police on Thursday detained 40 students, who were protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
Notwithstanding a warning issued by police yesterday to maintain peace on the eve of the first meeting of the new FTII Society headed by Chauhan, members of FTII Students Federation (FSA) staged a protest demonstration at the institute's gate shouting "Gajendra Chauhan go back" which led to a scuffle between the students and police.
"We have been brutally targeted by police who lathi-charged us with the knowledge of FTII administration," alleged one of the students as he was put in a police van and whisked away.
“See this, this is brutality. You can see how the police is behaving with the students," another protestors said.
The students of the prestigious institute have been on a strike demanding Chauhan’s removal since June 12, 2015. However, they called off the strike on October 28 last year and returned to their classes.
“We had withdrawn the strike but we have not given up our resistance to the wrong appointments. Police have attacked on our peaceful protesters in connivance with the FTII administration. Our protest will continue,” said FTII Student’s Association (FSA) representative Vikas Urs.
Meanwhile, the first meeting of FTII Society is scheduled to be held today at the campus. The meeting is likely to be attended by Anagha Ghaisas, Rahul Solapurkar, Shailesh Gupta and Narendra Pathak (members whose appointments have been objected by the FSA for being political) among others.
(With agency inputs)