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SFI apologises for heckling Mamata Banerjee, Amit Mitra

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Apr 17, 2013 at 07:45pm IST

New Delhi: The Students Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday apologised for the attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra in New Delhi earlier this month. The duo were heckled by SFI activists as they made their way to the Planning Commission building in the capital. Mitra suffered injuries during the melee and had to be hospitalised later on.

SFI General Secretary Ritabrata Banerjee, however, insisted he wasn't directly involved in the assault. He also pitched for active student politics and said campuses mustn't be depoliticised.

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On Wednesday, four student wings of Left front organised an event commemorating activist Sudipto Gupta's death during alleged police crackdown on a SFI protest in Kolkata earlier this month.

SFI apologises for heckling Mamata Banerjee, Amit Mitra

Mamata and Amit Mitra were heckled by suspected SFI activists earlier this month as they tried to enter the Planning Commission building in Delhi.

Meanwhile, a West Bengal government team is expected to visit Delhi soon to take up the matter with the Centre. "A ministerial-level delegation from the state will soon leave here for Delhi after the chief minister fully recovers," state's Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Describing the heckling incident as "most unfortunate and pre-planned", Chatterjee said, "We demanded an inquiry into the incident at secretary-level, but it failed to yield any result and there was no arrest as yet". "Now we will take up this issue at the ministry level and if that too fails, we shall go for greater movement," Chatterjee threatened.

With additional information from PTI

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