SFI, DYFI activists get bail

14 Mar 2017

Eight leaders of the CPM's youth and student wings, arrested for damaging government properties during a demonstration last week, were granted bail today by a city court.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Satya Arnab Roy of Bankshall Court here granted bail to the eight activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) on bail bonds of Rs 100 each. The eight were arrested last week under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the newly-enacted provisions of the West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Amendment Act 2017 that stipulates payment of compensation by an agitator who damages public or private properties in a stir.

Chief public prosecutor Pijush Kanti Mandal submitted to the court that the eight had indulged in violence and damaged fencings and public address systems of the police on being asked to disperse during an agitation at the Esplanade area. The counsel for the accused persons sought bail for them arguing that the police had applied unnecessary force on a peaceful demonstration to disperse the agitators. They were arrested on March 10 from the spot and were under judicial remand till today.

The court granted bail to all the eight accused after hearing the both parties. The SFI and DYFI activists had organised a march to Raj Bhavan to protest the alleged irregularities in recruitment primary teachers in the state.