FTII students damage signboards in after-strike party on campus

  • Yogesh Joshi, Hindustan Times, Pune
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2015 20:12 IST
FTII students after calling off their strike in Pune on Wednesday. (PTI)

Hours after students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) called off their strike, they partied on the campus and allegedly damaged the signboards in the radio department, early on Thursday morning.

Following the incident, FTII administration is likely to serve warnings to students. “The administration is mulling issuing notices to eight students involved in causing a ruckus on the campus,” said UC Bodke, registrar, FTII.

When asked about the incident, the FTII students’ association maintained that what happened was an internal issue, adding that the institute administration would deal with it. “While we don’t endorse whatever has happened, we are leaving it to the administration to deal with it,” said Harishankar Nachimuthu, president of FTII students’ association.

Read more: FTII students end strike, to continue protest

The students on Wednesday called off their 139-day strike, saying they would continue to protest until the government revoked what they termed as the political appointments of Gajendra Chauhan and four others to the FTII.

Read more: Chauhan happy with FTII students’ decision to call off strike

After calling off the strike, students stressed that their protest would grow from here on. “We have decided not to sacrifice academics for a government that is deaf. While we are resuming our classes, our protests will not stop,” said Vijkas Urs, FTII students’ representative.

During the strike, FTII students were largely peaceful, except when they gheraoed the institute director Prashant Pathrabe for around six hours. Following the incident, Pathrabe filed a police complaint against students, some of whom were arrested.

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