The police on Monday arrested six members of the Students Federation of India and CPM for heckling West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission office here two weeks ago. Those arrested included two women.
The six arrested accused have been identified as SFI general secretary Ritabrata Bandhopadhyay,Delhi CPM secretary P M S Grewal,Delhi CPM state committee member Nathu Prasad,activist Sunan and women activists Asha Sharma and Anju Jha. They face charges of assault,obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions,voluntarily causing hurt and unlawful assembly under sections 353,186,332,143 and 149 of the IPC. They were produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain on Monday and granted bail. The court released them on a personal bond of Rs 5,000 each with a surety.
The accused were arrested after police analysed the video footage related to the protest outside Yojana Bhawan on April 9 when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Mitra had gone there to discuss the states annual plans. Outside the Planning Commission office,the duo were gheraoed by a group of agitated SFI activists protesting the death of one of their colleagues in Kolkata.
The 65-year-old Finance Minister was jostled and pushed around while trying to enter the Yojana Bhawan. Footage shows a woman protester thumping him twice on his chest and his kurta was torn in the melee, a police officer said.
Bandhopadhyay said that he had received a phone call from the police in the morning after which he decided to go to the Parliament Street police station and court arrest as raising slogans in a democratic country is not a crime. We were taken to the Patiala House court immediately and there,the judge granted us unconditional bail, he said.