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6 arrested for attack on Mamata

6 arrested for attack on Mamata
Six activists belonging to CPI(M) and its youth wing SFI, including three women, were arrested on Monday afternoon for assaulting the West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra and mobbing state chief minister Mamata Banerjee outside the Planning Commission office on 9 April in the national capital.

However, they were released on bail by a Patiala House court, on producing a surety of Rs 5,000. They also offered an unconditional apology.

The arrested included Students Federation of India (SFI) General Secretary Ritabrata Bandhopadhyay, Delhi CPI(M) Secretary PMS Grewal, Delhi State Committee member Nathu Prasad and women activists Asha Sharma, Anju Jha and Suman.

‘Cases have been registered against them under Sections 353 (assault), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 143 and 149 (relating unlawful assembly) of Indian Penal Code,’ said a lawyer from Patiala House court. ‘They were arrested after analysing the video footage related to the protest at Yojana Bhavan housing Planning Commission on Parliament Street on 9 April,’ said a senior police official.

Banerjee and Mitra had gone to the Planning Commission office on Parliament Street to discuss the state’s annual budget plan, when they were attacked by a group of belligerent and unruly SFI activists protesting the death of one of their colleagues in Kolkata earlier this month. The 65-year-old state finance minister was manhandled while trying to enter the Yojana Bhawan building, where a woman protester thumped him twice on his chest and his clothes were torn in the attack.
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