FTII protest: Kolkata students launch hunger strike

Kolkata:Students from various city-based education establishments participated in a token hunger strike on Monday in solidarity with the agitating students of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) who have been on a fast since September 10.

Students of the Jadavpur University (JU), Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Presidency University and Calcutta Medical College have launched a six-hour long hunger strike at the JU campus.

They have urged performance artists, painters, musicians to join in.

The FTII students are protesting the appointment of BJP member and actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the prestigious institute. The students went on hunger strike on September 10, appealing the government to come up with a solution of the deadlock.

They claim that Chauhan lacks credentials for the post of the chairman and that his appointment was politically motivated.