Police arrested five students after a midnight crackdown at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), charging them with rioting and criminal intimidation in connection with the gherao of director Prashant Pathrabe.
The students on strike for the last 69 days against appointment of BJP member and TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as the institute chairman, had gheraoed Pathrabe on Monday evening, challenging his decision to go ahead with the assessment of the incomplete diploma film projects of the 2008 batch.
The director had remained confined in his office cabin for over six hours.
Police picked up 15 students from the campus and hostel and took them to a nearby police station, where five of them were formally arrested.
“An FIR has been filed against all those who have been brought here. We have arrested five of them," deputy police commissioner Tushar Doshi told Hindustan Times.