Clashes Erupt at FTII Pune Over ‘Remember Babri’ Banner

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Law College Road, 23rd January 2024: Tensions erupted at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune as clashes broke out between student groups following the display of a banner reading ‘Remember Babri Death of Constitution.’ The incident prompted swift intervention by the police, resulting in the detention of several students.

The Students’ Association at FTII took a stance by raising a banner with the message “Remember Babri” within the campus premises yesterday, coinciding with the day of the Ram temple consecration in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. In addition to the banner, the official student body organized a photo exhibition in commemoration of Babri Masjid and screened Anand Patwardhan’s critically acclaimed documentary, “Ram ke Naam.”

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The situation took a violent turn today when right-wing groups forcibly entered FTII Pune, launching an attack on students and setting ablaze the banner that bore the contentious message ‘Remember Babri Death of Constitution.’ Chanting “Jai Shri Ram” and hurling derogatory slogans, the group targeted both male and female students. Allegations have been made by students, claiming police complicity in the assault.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Sandeep Singh Gill assured the public, stating, “The situation is under control. We are taking action against those involved in the incident.”