Cops call three FTII students to police station for inquiry

Station manager of Radio FTII had alleged ‘criminal intimidation’.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Published: July 25, 2015 1:35:11 am
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Acting on a complaint filed by station master of FTII Radio Sanjay Chandekar, who has accused students of threatening him a few days ago, the Deccan Police have issued notices to three students of the institute.

An assistant police inspector (API) visited the campus on Friday and handed over the notices to students asking them to remain present at the Deccan Police Station on Saturday morning for inquiry.

Those who were issued notices are Ajayan Adat (final-year student of sound recording and sound design), Vikas Urs (final-year student of cinematography) and Sakshi Gulati (final- year student of film direction).

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The police have also requested the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) administration to provide it with the footage of the closed circuit cameras (CCTVs) from the Radio FTII premises where the alleged incident of threatening station manager Sanjay Chandekar by the protesting students took place.

In his written complaint submitted to the Deccan Police, Chandekar (50) had alleged that on July 20 a group of 7-8 students approached him at the Radio FTII premises and questioned him about a press conference that he and three others had held two days earlier. In this press conference, Chandekar had alleged that a group of students were against the strike but other students were smothering their voice. He had also alleged that “there was utter anarchy” in the institute.

Students have maintained that since he was part of the institute and that many of the allegations made by Chandekar and others were baseless, they went to talk to him to clarify things in an amicable manner. “We have harassed him in no way. In fact, we have audio and video recording of the entire incident showing that nothing of that sort ever happened,” Harishankar Nachimuthu, president of students’ body, said.

In a press conference held Monday afternoon, Chandekar had told the reporters that he was not threatened by the students and that he “felt cornered” because there was no one else in the department at that time. Later that evening, however, he went ahead with registering a complaint against the students accusing them of “criminal intimidation”.

The Deccan Police have submitted a letter to the FTII asking the administration to provide them with CCTV footage of places where Chandekar claimed the alleged incident took place. The police have also asked the administration for footage of the FTII Radio department between 12 noon to 3 pm on July 20 and main road from 2 pm to 4 pm on July 21.

According to institute insiders, although there are six CCTV cameras installed in the institute premises, none of these cover the Radio FTII premises. Hence, the footage is unlikely to shed any any light on the alleged incident of harassment.

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