Published On : Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

Students are not criminals Modiji, tweets Rahul


Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi, Congress VP,  today slammed government over the arrest of protesting FTII students, telling Prime Minister Narendra Modi that they are not criminals who needed to be caught in a midnight crackdown.

Gandhi had visited the FTII in Pune in July to express solidarity with the protesting students demanding removal of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman.

“Protesting #FTII students arrested in #midnightcrackdown.Our students are not criminals Modiji. Silence. Suspend. Arrest: ModiMantra for AcheDin”, the Congress Vice President said in a tweet.

The Congress Vice President’s reference to “silence” was apparently to the Prime Minister’s silence on the opposition demand for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the wake of the Lalit Modi controversy and that of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan over the Vyapam scam.

The reference to “suspend” related to the suspension of 25 Congress member of Lok Sabha in the recently concluded Monsoon session of Parliament for repeatedly disrupting proceedings while seeking action in the Lalit Modi case and Vyapam scam.

In a midnight swoop, police arrested five students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, charging them with rioting and other offences 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.

Meanwhile, a three-member team, headed by the Registrar of Newspapers for India SM Khan, has been constituted by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to assess the ground situation in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.

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.In a midnight crackdown, police arrested five students from the campus on charges of rioting and other offences after a group of striking students had on Monday gheraoed FTII Director Prashant Pathrabe, protesting against “irrational and unjustified” assessment of the incomplete diploma projects.