Press Esc to close
Tuesday 21 October 2014
News updated at 6:36 PM IST
Weather
Max: 25.4°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Amit Mitra assault case: Six CPI(M), SFI activists arrested

New Delhi, Apr 22, 2013, (PTI):
File photo.

Six activists belonging to CPI(M) and its youth wing SFI, including two women, were arrested here today for allegedly assaulting West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission office here two weeks back.

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

They face charges under section 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.


"They were arrested after analysing the video footage related to the protest at Yojna Bhavan housing Planning Commission on Parliament Street on April nine," a senior police official said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Mitra had gone to Planning Commission office to discuss the state's annual plan when they were gheraoed by a group of angry SFI activists protesting the death of one of their colleagues in Kolkata early this month.

The 65-year-old Finance Minister was manhandled while trying to enter the Yojana Bhawan building and a woman protester thumped him twice on his chest and his kurta got torn in the melee.

He was later put under medical observation at AIIMS and Banerjee was administered oxygen after she took ill.

The heckling generated a controversy with Trinamool Congress staging demonstrations in Kolkata and demanding stringent punishment against the protesters.

CPI(M) has condemned the heckling of Mitra and its General Secretary Prakash Karat has said, "There was no attack whatsoever on Mamata Banerjee. But there was a melee and jostling of the Finance Minister (Mitra), which we have disapproved of and condemned."
According to the police, the Chief Minister was supposed to enter the Planning Commission building in the high security zone of the capital through its Gate No-4, but she used the in-gate where CISF had erected a barricade to control the access.

"She came in a private car and without any escort. Then she was heckled by the protesters. Immediately, police threw a cordon around her and escorted her inside," a police official had said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army recruits during their attestation parade at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington, Ooty on...

Army recruits during their attestation parade at Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington, Ooty on...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523