Students manhandle WB finance minister during protests

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 09, 2013 12:09 hrs

New Delhi: SFI activists Tuesday heckled West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission here Monday to protest the death of a young comrade in Kolkata.

The agitated students carrying placards also pushed Mitra around and shouted slogans as he tried to enter the office in the heart of the city to meet Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

In the melee, his white kurta was torn.

A fuming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was to meet Ahluwalia to finalise the annual plan 2013-14 for the state, described the protest as "dirty politics".

Said a protestor Sunand: "We demonstrated near the Yojna Bhavan. But if someone's shirt is torn in the melee, we are sorry for that."

The protest followed the death in police custody of Students Federation of India leader Sudipta Gupta in Kolkata April 2.

Police in Kolkata insist that the young man was killed when his head struck an electric post while being taken in a bus.

The SFI has alleged that he was beaten by policemen, forcing him to fall off the bus and suffer serious injuries that led to his death.

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