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Heckling by SFI activists: TMC plans protest rally across West Bengal

Kolkata, Apr 10 (ANI): A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Finance Minister Amit Mitra were heckled outside the Planning Commission office in Delhi by Students Federation of India (SFI) activists, the Trinamool Congress will today hold protests across the state in condemnation of the incident.

According to reports, the TMC workers will hold protests in Kolkata and other parts of the state to protest against the SFI attack on their leaders.

Banerjee and Mitra were heckled outside the Planning Commission office in the national capital by the SFI activists protesting a young comrade’s death in Kolkata allegedly in police custody.

Dozens of protestors from the SFI waited for the TMC leaders outside the Planning Commission office and raised slogans against Banerjee when she came with Mitra and other ministers to meet the commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

An irate Banerjee later scolded the officials over the security arrangements that were put in place.

“They are hooligans. Who are they to stop us? This is dirty politics,” she said after the incident.

She later cancelled her scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, citing ill-health.

Sudipto, an MA student at Rabindra Bharati University, was among the hundreds of members of the SFI who were protesting against the government for postponing college union elections. They were arrested and put on a bus that was meant to take them to jail. According to the students, the SFI leader succumbed to injuries in baton charge by the police.

The police, however, claims that students were leaning out of the bus, shouting slogans, and that in the chaos, Gupta hit his head on an electricity pole as he was getting out of the bus.

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission has ordered a probe into Sudipto’s death.

The 23-year-old SFI leader’s family has demanded justice and a thorough probe into the incident that led to his death. (ANI)