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Bail to 14 accused in CPI-M office attack

A city court grants bail to 14 RSS activists accused of attacking the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) headquarters in Delhi.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2008 07:10 PM IST

A city court on Tuesday granted bail to 14 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists accused of attacking the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) headquarters in New Delhi.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar granted bail to all 14 on condition of producing a personal bond of Rs.25,000.

Following clashes between CPI-M and RSS workers in Kerala's Kannur district last week, which left five people killed, a 250-strong mob attacked the CPI-M office in New Delhi Sunday, injuring 10 communist party members and eight policemen.

The attack took place when top CPI-M leaders, including general secretary Prakash Karat and politburo member Sitaram Yechuri, were holding the party's Central Committee meeting at the A.K. Gopalan Bhawan.

The rampaging mob damaged four cars, including those of Karat and Yechuri, parked outside the building.

The police had to burst several rounds of teargas shells and deploy water cannons to control the mob.

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