At the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Goa, a Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) student was reportedly detained for around 10 hours by the police on Saturday on grounds of suspicion.
The student was wearing a T-shirt with FTII's name on it, which aroused the suspicion of the police.
“It was on the suspicion that he may be involved in disrupting the event that we detained him,” said a police officer.
The student Ashutosh Vandana told Indian Express, “They noticed my T-shirt and asked me if I was from FTII. I said I was. They also checked the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) database for the documents I had submitted to get the delegate card. I was then taken to Panjim police station and questioned. All this while, they kept checking my cellphone, browsing through messages, emails, photographs”.
He was made to sign a personal bond of Rs 10,000 before being released, while also being reportedly debarred from entering the venue by the festival organisers.
The student claimed, “Not only did they cancel my legally obtained delegate pass, but the Directorate of Film Festival officials also threatened to ban me from attending IFFI throughout my life.”