The Home Ministry has sought a report from the Maharashtra government over the deportation of a Nepalese student at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for alleged “anti-India activities”.
A home ministry official said the report has been sought because the Pune police appeared to have “exceeded” their brief in deportation of Neetu Singh, a fourth year student undergoing editing course at FTII on December 5.
According to reports, the Pune police had said the decision to deport her was taken after she was found to be involved in “anti-national activities” but refused to elaborate.
The official suggested that if this was true, the correct action would have been to book her under the relevant law rather than send her off to Nepal.
The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has alleged that Neetu’s deportation was ordered by Pune Police at the instance of her husband Amaresh Singh, reported to be a nominated Member of Parliament in Nepal.
Neetu had approached AIDWA in June 2008 with complaint of harassment against her husband who wanted her to quit the course.
“If she has indulged in anti-national activities here, police should have filed a case and tried her in India instead of sending her back to Nepal”, AIDWA’s Kiran Moghe told PTI.
Moghe alleged that the police acted in connivance with Singh.