news Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:30
The commotion surrounding FTII has taken another turn after the Pune police has initiated a probe into incidents of drug-abuse by its students on campus. A report in The Times of India mentions that the manager of the FTII community radio station, Sanjay Chandekar, lodged a complaint against ten students of the college on Wednesday. In his complaint, Chandekar accused the students of harassment and intimidation and the police booked the students under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The complaint however, also mentions that students consume "charas, marijuana and bhang" on the campus premises. “The students have also damaged the CCTV cameras so that no one should come to know about their illegal activities. Some students, in a fit of anger, had gheraoed me after I had revealed their illegal activities during a press conference on July 20. The next day, they threatened me with dire consequences if I said anything about them in public,” Chandekar is said to have alleged in the complaint. Senior inspector Pravin Chougule of the Deccan Gymkhana police station told the newspaper that the police were investigating Chandekar’s allegations, which include those related to drug-abuse. Students of FTII also issued a statement, claiming innocence and saying that Chandekar himself had clarified earlier that the incident never took place. “Besides, we also have an audio-visual recording of the said incident which clearly shows that he was not harassed. We wonder how a complaint from a staffer turned into a first information report (FIR) overnight without any internal inquiry by the FTII administration,” they said. The charges of drug-abuse though, went unaddressed by the college and its students. Joint commissioner of police Sunil Ramanand confirmed to the newspaper that a team of officials had visited the college with regard to the case. “During questioning, staffers at the institute orally complained to us about drug abuse by some students for quite some time now,” he said. He mentioned that the police were in the process of recording statements of the students whose names featured in the complaint. “We will then take a call on whether to arrest them or not and whether to file a chargesheet against them on completion of our investigations,” he said.