SFI activists tried to hit me: Mamata

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 09, 2013 17:15 hrs

The angry outburst over the recent death of a Students' Federation of India (SFI) leader in Kolkata while in police custody followed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the national capital on Tuesday when a group of activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)'s student wing assaulted her finance minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission office and allegedly also targetted the CM herself.

"They had an iron rod. They tried to hit me with it," Banerjee told reporters here on Tuesday.

"They can kill me, but they can't stop me from working for the development of Bengal," she said.

Calling the entire incident as 'dirty politics', the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said: "This kind of hooliganism is too much."

SFI activists allegedly heckled and manhandled Mitra when he along with Banerjee were entering the Yojana Bhawan, which is the office of the Planning Commission in the national capital.

Banerjee and Mitra went to the Planning Commission to meet its Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Ahluwalia has apologised to Banerjee for the incident.

Mitra's kurta (shirt) was torn during the incident.

The SFI activists were protesting against the death of their leader Sudipto Gupta in Kolkata on Apr 2.

Sudipto died during a police action at SFI's law violation protest in Kolkata.

Benerjee is currently visiting the national capital and she will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later in the day.

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