New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday registered a case against unknown persons for manhandling West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra outside the Planning Commission office here. While no arrest has been made yet in the incident, Police registered the case under IPC Sections 186(obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty).
The unknwon persons also faced charges under Section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and under Section 147(rioting). A senior police officer told PTI that Chief Ministeer Mamata Banerjee, who was also gheraoed, 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," he said.
The case also includes the charge of unlawful assembly under Section 149 of the IPC. Banerjee and Mitra had gone to Planning Commission office to discuss the state's annual plans, where they were gheraoed by a group of angry SFI activists protesting the death of one of their colleagues in Kolkata last week. The 65-year-old Finance Minister was jostled and pushed around while trying to enter the Yojana Bhawan building and a woman protester thumped him twice on his chest and his kurta was torn in the melee. He was later put under medical observation at AIIMS and Banerjee was administered oxygen after she fell ill.