New Delhi(PTI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday offered FTII students a relocation to Delhi and accused government of destroying the reputed institution systematically
On Twitter, Kejriwal said, “I am shocked to hear what’s going on at FTII. An internationally reputed institute being systematically destroyed by government’s wrong decisions.”
Kejriwal also offered to help students. “My offer to FTII students – Delhi government can provide you temporary space in Delhi. Run your classes here till the central government agrees,” he said.
Kejriwal also added that if finally, central government doesn’t agree, the place can be converted into a full fledged institute and students can continue studying in Delhi itself.
AAP leader Ashutosh also condemned the action taken against students, “Police raid and arrest of 5 FTII students is condemnable. Government has no respect for democratic protest and hell bent to demolish institutions.”
He further added, “Government’s insistence on Gajendra is beyond comprehension. It shows it no respect for creative arts and nefarious design to ruin creativity. Creative art and literature is first enemy of dictators/fascists.”
In a midnight crackdown, police arrested five students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from its campus on charges of rioting.
The arrests come after a group of striking students had on Monday gheraoed the institute director, Prashant Pathrabe, protesting against “irrational and unjustified” assessment of the incomplete diploma projects.
Acting on a complaint filed by Pathrabe, police lodged an FIR against 15 students. Of them, five were arrested on charges of rioting under Section 353 of the IPC, police said.
The arrested students have been taken to the Deccan police station.
The gherao came amid the ongoing protests by FTII students against the appointment of BJP member and TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the institution. The protests are now in its 71st day.