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Featured Image: SFI and DYFI activists near the City Sessions Court on Tuesday.

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 14 March: EIGHT SFI and DYFI leaders, arrested by police for road blockade at Esplanade on 09 March over alleged corruption in appointment of primary teachers, today walked out free on bail.

The eight leaders that included SFI state secretary Madhuja Sen Roy and DYFI state president Sayandip Mitra were today produced in the City Sessions Court by police at the end of three days jail custody.

Counsel for the SFI-DYFI leaders moved a bail petition, which the public prosecutor did not object. Following this the judge granted them bail on a personal bond of Rs 100 each.

Coinciding with their court production, SFI-DYFI today took out a protest march from Esplanade to the City Sessions Court. CPI-M Rajya Sabha MP, Ritabrata Banerjee, was also present at the court.

As soon as the court granted the bail, those in the protest march broke out in applause and later walked out in a procession along with the leaders released on bail.

The student and youth wings of the CPI-M had taken out a protest march from College Square to Raj Bhavan on 09 March afternoon against the alleged corruption in teacher appointments in the state.

When they reached Esplanade, police stopped them from marching any further, and this made the SFI-DYFI activists resort to a blockade and burned state education minister Partha Chatterjee in effigy.

This made police swung into action and apply force to remove the blockade. With the activists resisting police, a scuffle broke out between them and the cops. Police eventually resorted to a lathi-charge sending 24 agitators to hospital; 12 police personnel also suffered injuries in the scuffle.

In all, the cops arrested 103 agitators and while 95 of them were released unconditionally by the City Sessions Court the next day, eight leaders were sent to jail custody as the police had booked them under the newly enacted West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act. They were charged for assaulting police personnel and disrupting public life.