The deportation of Film and Television Institute of India’s (FTII) fourth-year student Neetu Singh (32) to Nepal under dubious circumstances has pointed to police action, which was allegedly on the instructions of her husband Amresh.
On December 5, police picked up Singh from FTII hostel and deported her to Nepal the next day, saying, “She was a threat to national security”.
No compliant was filed at any local police station, nor was Singh interrogated, giving rise to speculations that the police were acting on Amresh’s instructions.
Amresh, a member of Parliament in Nepal, has been accused of harassing his wife.
On Friday, the All India Democratic Women Association, Maharashtra unit chief Kiran Moghe said Singh was in touch with the organisation since June 2008. He said she had complained that her husband harassed her to quit the course.
“About two weeks back, Neetu called me up from her parents’ home in Nepal and expressed her desire to return to India to complete her course,” Moghe said.
“Police action in this matter has been dubious. If they claim Neetu was a threat to the nation, why did they not try her here,” Moghe asked.
The Union home ministry has sought a report from the state home department.
Deputy Police Commissioner (special branch) Ravindra Sengaonkar said, “We have sent our report to the Centre yesterday. I can not reveal anything more.” When asked about Amresh Singh’s connection, he said, “We have no communication with him so far, neither he has contacted us.”