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Leader of Oppn, 59 Congress activists arrested in Kolkata during protest on chit fund scam

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

of Opposition in the was arrested Monday along with 59 activists for staging a protest against "delay in action" in chit fund scam cases at here, where Minister had recently held a sit-in over CBI's attempt to grill

They were later produced before Metropolitan Magistrate in-charge, Keya Sarkar, who granted them bail on a personal bond of Rs 300 each.

A said the workers were initially persuaded to stop the demonstration, as they did not have permission to hold the protest at

When the agitators did not relent, the police had to use force to disperse the crowd, he said, adding that several activists, including Mannan and Youth Congress Rohan Mitra, were arrested.

The Youth Congress Monday convened a sit-in demonstration at area, in the heart of Kolkata, seeking immediate arrest of those involved in chit fund scams.

They demanded that efforts should be made to return money to the defrauded investors.

Carrying placards and posters against the TMC, whose leaders have been accused of involvement in the scams, and the CBI, which is investigating into the ponzi scheme cases, workers sought answers for delay in the arrest of culprits.

"Lakhs of people lost their lifelong savings in the chit fund scams. We all know that the TMC leaders are involved in the scam. But due to a political understanding between the TMC and the BJP, the CBI investigation has not moved ahead," Mannan said while addressing the demonstration.

Slamming the over her dharna, the senior Congress said Banerjee stopped the central probe agency from questioning the chief as she wanted to shield him.

The chief minister, however, never bothered to enquire about the defrauded investors who lost their savings, he said.

Banerjee sat on "Save Constitution" dharna from February 3 to 5 to protest against the CBI's attempt to question in connection with Saradha and chit fund scam cases.

She accused and BJP of organizing a "coup" in the state and alleged that had directed the CBI to harass political opponents.

Following Supreme Court's order in the matter, the Kolkata Police chief was questioned by the CBI in Shillong for the third day Monday in connection with the scams.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:10 IST