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FTII students on collision course with Goa over alternative film fest

In a late evening development, the office of the north Goa District magistrate Nila Mohanan on Monday issued a notice to the organisers of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) asking them to submit details by Tuesday morning before going ahead with their proposed two-day film festival here. The notice of the Magistrate stated that it has come to his knowledge through media reports that the film festival by the name “Retrieving Freedom Goa Chapter” would go ahead on Tuesday and Wednesday as planned.

Earlier, in a veiled manner, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar justified the police handling of the protesting students and ex-students of the FTII who have been complaining of “victimisation” by the law enforcement officers during the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Asked about the students’ allegations on Sunday that they were being treated like “terrorists” by the police, Mr. Parsekar told a press conference that the issue had nothing to do with the IFFI or the Goa government, adding that the State government was duty-bound to ensure the film festival went ahead without any hiccups.

“They (students) should raise their issue at the appropriate level, which is the Central government. The IFFI is an international event and any disruption and unpleasant incidents would only spoil the name of the country,” the Chief Minister said, adding that if the agitating students had met him with their grievances, he would have taken it up with the authorities in New Delhi. Meanwhile, the Congress party and three Independent MLAs in Goa condemned the Chief Minister’s statement, throwing their weight behind the student protests. “The statement is highly condemnable. He (the CM) should not think that Goa is given on a lease to the BJP. The organisers of the IFFI should restore the delegate cards of the FTII students and ex-students,” said Mr. Durgadas Kamat, Secretary, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee.

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