Central Executive Committee of Students’ Federation of India strongly condemn the unjust arrest of two former FTII students in Goa for protesting in International Film Festival of India, IFFI against the political appointments of incapable people in FTII society. SFI salutes the fearless protesting students of FTII whose struggles continue to give strength to the various struggles against saffronisation. The two ex-students of FTII-Pune -Kislay and Subham- once again exposes the cowardly attitude of the governments led by the Saffron brigade towards the democratic debates and critical voices.
This arrest coincides with the overall clampdown on the civil liberties of the citizens of Goa by the BJP-led government of the state, with the imposition of the ten-day prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, throughout the City of Panaji. While creative film personalities from all over the world have congregated for the 46th IFFI, this undemocratic act by the Government of Goa has brought immense shame to our country. It is probably for the first time that any International Film Festival anywhere in the world is accompanied by a massive crackdown on civil liberties of the local population.
CEC of SFI demands that both the students be released immediately and unconditionally. Progressive and democratic sections of Goa are uniting to ensure that both of them get bail. Such acts by RSS-BJP expose its inability to tolerate any democratic voice of protest. SFI appeal all the democratic and progressive sections to rally together to resist the day light robbery of democracy by the Sangh Parivar forces.
Dr. V Sivadasan, President Ritabrata Banerjee MP, General Secretary