Film buffs on Nandan premises.
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Kolkata: Some eight youths have been arrested from the Nandan auditorium premises in central Kolkata for staging a demonstration for the release four suspected Maoist rebels arrested earlier this week.

On 13 November evening, police arrested Sabyasachi Goswami, Sanjib Majumdar, Arkadeb Goswami, and Swapan alias Tipu from Goaltore in West Midnapore on charges of being associated with the proscribed rebel group CPI-Maoist. All of them are now lodged in judicial custody.

Demanding that they should be released, a group of youths ~ both males and females ~ suddenly resorted to a demonstration in front of Nandan auditorium this afternoon where the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival is to down its curtains today.

Since police personnel were already there for the film festival, they at once swung into action and arrested some eight-ten demonstrators. They were taken immediately taken to Lalbazar, the Kolkata Police headquarters.

Police sources have identified eight of them as Nirban, Writik, Srijan, Rintu, Subhadeep, Suranjana, Souradipta, and Debaparna. Five of them are boys and three girls. Almost all of them are students and are activists of the ultra-Left United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF).

Ranjit Sur of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) has condemned their arrest saying that everyone has a right to peaceful protest. APDR has demanded their unconditional release.