New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the arrest of agitating FTII students, and said the students are not criminals.
"Protesting FTII students arrested in midnight crackdown. Our students are not criminals. Silence, Suspend, Arrest: Modi Mantra for Achhe Din," Gandhi tweeted.
In a post-midnight swoop, Maharashtra Police arrested five students of Film and Television Institute of India from their campus for rioting, damaging properties and other charges.
The arrests came after a group of striking students confined FTII Director Prashant Pathrabe and other staffers in his office for eight hours, and vandalised office furniture and fittings.
Nitish Kumar condemns arrest of FTII students
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday denounced the arrests of FTII students in Pune as 'worrying signs for those who care for' democracy.
The chief minister tweeted that the Tuesday night arrests in Pune 'shows shrinking space for dissent. Shocking! Worrying signs for those who care for basic democratic rights'.
Students at the Film and Television Institute of India have been protesting since June against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan.