Maharashtra Security Force guards to be deployed at the FTII campus
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune has reportedly decided to deploy Maharashtra Security Force Guards at the campus from January 1 next year.
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune which was rocked by campus protests last year over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute has now reportedly decided to deploy Maharashtra Security Force Guards at the campus from January 1 next year.
FTII has reportedly decided to deploy two armed gunmen at the institute’s gate who will have the right to arrest anyone without a warrant and hand over to police. It is reported that Total of 72 guards will work on the campus in 3 shifts.
Maharashtra Security Force which was created vide Maharashtra State Security Corporation Act, 2010 provides service to a number of banks and private and government bodies across the state.
Deployment of Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) guards is done on the basis of specific requisition from the client organisation. On the Maharashtra State Security Corporation’s (MSSC) website one can see the FTII listed in the clients section.
The MSF personnel have police powers including power of arrest. All the members of the Force are authorised to carry weapons and use them in discharge of their duty.
Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment last year as the chairman of the FTII proved to be controversial amid allegations by students that it was a blatant attempt to saffronise the institute as Chauhan is the active member of the BJP.
Chauhan, in July this year, made it mandatory for all new students to submit a “general conduct” affidavit that bars them from violating the “decorum and decency on the campus” and “insulting” faculty members.
Later in September, in a directive, the administration of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) had restricted the entry of journalists inside the institute campus. Journalists were only allowed to visit the campus if the director or the registrar approves it.