"I had not asked for extra security but it is true that I felt extremely insecure following my 11-hour ordeal during the gherao by the students in office cabin on Monday evening. The FTII administration took the decision on the extra security following the incident," Pathrabe told reporters.

He was reacting to the criticism from the striking students and faculty, who said the additional security measure conveyed a wrong impression of the situation at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and projected the students as 'criminals or terrorists'.

Even the three-member Information and Broadcasting Ministry team, which visited the premier institute yesterday to have a day-long discussions with all stake-holders to find a solution to the 72-day old strike over the appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan, took a different view on the beefed up security measures in the form of 'bouncers'.

The I & B delegation leader S M Khan, at the end of his talks, told reporters that he was of the opinion that the beefed up security was not required on the campus. Pathrabe, however, maintained he was 'tortured' by the students during the gherao and the footage circulated by them was a 'selective leak' to camouflage the truth of his harassment.

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