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FTII row: Three students go on indefinite hunger strike

The decision to thus step up the stir follows 91 days of sustained protest by the students that has seen all academic activity on the campus having come to a halt since June 12.

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Three FTII students began an indefinite hunger strike in Pune on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Arul Horizon)

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) strike, which was launched three months ago to oppose the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the governing council and other FTII society members, intensified Thursday when three students — Himanshu Shekhar, Alok Arora and Hilal Savad — began an indefinite hunger strike.

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Last Saturday, one of FTII faculty members — Abhijit Das — had launched an indefinite hunger strike, however, he withdrew it on Monday owing to failing health.

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Responding to the question if more students would join the hunger strike, Vikas Urs, one of the FTII students, said, “Nothing has been decided on that front. We can’t say anything right now but we do hope that the issue will be resolved soon.”

A representative from the FTII Students’ Association said, “We strongly feel that the strike has now entered its most critical period, a time in which the apathy and sheer ignorance towards our institute has reached a grave and perilous point… Students have now been cornered to take up this extreme step.”