Wednesday, 10 April 2013. Protest rallies are being held in India after West Bengal state Finance Minister Amit Mitra was beaten up by protesters in Delhi on Tuesday.
Mr Mitra’s boss – West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee – was also heckled by communist students.
The demonstrators were angry over the death of a student activist in police custody in Calcutta last week.
Sudipta Gupta died while being taken in a bus to prison for defying police prohibitory orders during a protest.
The Students’ Federation of India (SFI), of which Mr Gupta, 22, was a member, claimed that he died after being assaulted by the police.
The police say he hit a pole while hanging out of the bus and died of the injuries sustained in the accident.
On Wednesday, supporters of Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress party (TMC) took out rallies in Calcutta and Delhi, demanding immediate arrest of those who heckled Ms Banerjee.
Ms Banerjee, who had arrived in Delhi on Tuesday to attend a series of meetings with the federal government, has cancelled all her meetings, including those with the prime minister and the finance minister.
On Tuesday, she was on her way to the planning commission office with Mr Mitra when SFI activists accosted them.
While Ms Banerjee was escorted safely to the office by policewomen, the protesters blocked Mr Mitra’s way and pushed him around.
The mob shouted slogans and tore his shirt, until he was rescued by policemen. He was later admitted to hospital where he is undergoing tests.
Meanwhile, media reports from Calcutta said that TMC supporters had on Tuesday night vandalised several offices of left-wing parties in retaliation.