The Deccan Gymkhana police Friday served a notice to Abhijit Das, the faculty member with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), who is currently on an indefinite fast since Saturday, warning him to refrain from activities which would create law and order situation in the city. However, Das responded to the notice by saying that he has undertaken a fast on his own and that he will be responsible for any harm caused to his health.
On the second day of his indefinite fast, vital attributes of Das remained stable. A private doctor and the medical officer conducted a medical examination Sunday.
“The doctors have told us that his blood pressure is normal as are the sugar levels. Apart from weakness, other attributes are normal. Except the special branch cops visiting him to serve the notice, no one from the FTII administration visited him Sunday. We are definitely worried about Abhijit sir’s health,” said Ashwani Sharma, a third-year Sound Recording and Sound Design student.
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Two cops from the special branch visited the campus at about 1 pm Sunday to serve the notice signed by Senior Police Inspector Pravin Chaugule which read, “…You (Das) will be responsible for whatever harm the present fast causes your body and for law and order issue if any arises. The Commissioner of Police, Pune, have invoked sections 144 from August 27 to September 11 due to the ongoing festive season in the city which refrains unlawful gathering of more than four-person. You will be responsible if these orders are violated and if it leads to any law and order issue as well as damage to public property. Such damage to public property by you or your supports will be compensated from you.”
Das replied to the notice saying that he was protesting in his personal capacity and that he was not leading any group. He also said that being a residential educational institute, students are bound to gather on the campus as usual.