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Watch: What exactly happened during the midnight drama at FTII?

Namit Hans | Updated on: 19 August 2015, 18:08 IST

The protests at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, got more intense on 17 August after a group of students surrounded newly-appointed director Prashant Pathrabe's office and did not let him move out for about seven hours.

- The protests began when the director decided to assess the final projects by students from the 2008 batch. Apparently, 50 per cent of students in the batch have not completed their projects.

- The students and the faculty of FTII had been demanding for a delay in this assessment until the strike against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute ends.

- The students alleged that Pathrabe did not discuss the matter with the Academic Council, but went forward with the decision, supported by the registrar. According to the students, the registrar has nothing to do with academic matters in the institute.

- The students allegedly vandalised the office of Prashant Pathrabe. The police were immediately called and an FIR was registered against 17 students, including two women.

- At 1.15 AM at night, five students were arrested and taken into custody at Deccan Gymkhana Police Station. According to the police, some of the names in the FIR were not correct and so not all the named students were arrested.

- A large group of students and faculty members went to the police station after the five students were arrested, and were told that the police had been instructed to make the arrests.

- The charges against the students include section 353 of Indian Penal Code (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), which is a non-bailable offence.

- The arrested students will be produced in court on 19 August.

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Posted by Catch News on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First published: 19 August 2015, 12:40 IST
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Namit works as a sub-editor at the Speed News desk. He is an economics graduate who stumbled into social work after college. His interest in social issues and desire to write sensitising stories led him to journalism. In his free time, he mostly reads about religion and mythology.