Staging a protest against the deportation of Nitu Singh to Nepal, the Students’ Federation of India members from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia here on Monday demanded that she be allowed to continue her studies at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.

The protesters blocked traffic for over 15 minutes at the busy Parliament Street chanting slogans.

SFI general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee said: “The Government must take action to bring Nitu back to India as soon as possible. She should be allowed to continue her studies at FTII and her security must also be ensured.”

“Her husband Amaresh Singh who forced her to return to Nepal must be punished and also the Maharashtra police which illegally deported her,” Mr. Banerjee added.

In a memorandum to the Union Home Minister, the SFI said that Nitu was deported for her alleged involvement in “anti-national” activities, details of which had not been divulged by the Maharashtra police. It claims that the police had dealt with the case in a high-handed manner and even the FTII director was not given bona fide reasons for Nitu’s deportation.

The memorandum alleges that Amaresh was pressurising Nitu to discontinue her studies and return to Nepal and reportedly threatened her that if she did not return voluntarily he would get her deported using his “connections” in the Indian establishment.

Amaresh was reportedly pursuing his Ph.D. from the JNU School of International Studies. “He was registered in JNU until the last semester. He was staying in the Brahmaputra hostel,” a Nepalese student said.

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