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Siliguri: Three days since the villagers allowed Darvit High School in Islampur to reopen, a court today granted conditional bail to eight villagers whom police had arrested for the violence in September.

The agitators who had kept the school shut even since two youths died of bullets following a police-student clash on 21 September, had allowed the school to reopen on three conditions.

That included the release of the arrested villagers, arresting the headmaster and assistant headmaster, and ordering a CBI investigation into the firing that killed two youths.

The administration today met the first demand by not opposing a bail plea for the eight villagers who had been languishing in jail custody for the last one-and-a-half month.

Sheikh Kamal Uddin, the judge of Islampur Sub-divisional Court, then granted them bail on a surety of Rs 10,000 each and keeping their land titles as a bond. They shall also have to appear at Islampur police station once a week.

The administration, however, is silent on the other two demands. The state government is opposed to a CBI probe as the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already claimed that the police did not open fire on the agitating students.

But acting on a plea for CBI probe by the bereaved families, Calcutta High Court has sought a report from the National Human Rights Commission in two weeks.

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