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Four held for assault on professor get bail

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Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra being produced at a city court in Kolkata on Friday after he was arrested for allegedly circulating defamatory emails directed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra being produced at a city court in Kolkata on Friday after he was arrested for allegedly circulating defamatory emails directed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Four persons, stated to be local leaders of the Trinamool Congress, were arrested by the city police here on Saturday in connection with the assault on Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor of Jadvapur University, on Thursday evening.

The four were produced at a City Court and granted bail.

The arrests came a day after Mr. Mahapatra was arrested on charges of circulating e-mails containing graphics directed at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee among others. He was subsequently granted bail.

Mr. Mahapatra alleged that a group of youth had assaulted him and forced him to declare that he was a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

They were charged for criminal intimidation, causing hurt and wrongful restraint -- all of which are bailable offences under the Indian Penal Code.

The persons included Amit Sardar who had lodged a complaint against Mr. Mahaptara and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta. The others were identified as Arup Mukherjee, S K Mustafa and Nishikanta Gorai.

Some of the accused were also involved in running a syndicate supplying construction materials.

Mr. Mahapatra had filed a written complaint against the accused at the Purba Jadvapur police station on Friday evening, hours after he was released on bail.

Mr. Mahapatra and his neighbour Mr. Sengupta were arrested Thursday evening and charged with defamation, outraging the modesty of a woman and hacking.

“I had to spend the night in the custody while those who assaulted me were granted bail shortly after they were arrested. I have nothing to say in this regard. People are witness to the developments and they will decide on this,” Mr. Mahaptara said.

I'm currently abroad. I searched the net, but could not get hold of the graphic cartoon. I'm currently writing an academic report on freedom of expression online, especially in the Indian context. This cartoon and the related developments would be of immense help to me. Can anyone post a link to the cartoon here. Please translate the text to English, as I'm not proficient in Bangla. Thanks,

from:  Mithun Das
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 16:04 IST

It seems like the assault was secular, consistent with the CPM culture. However, it must be condemned by all, and not only by CPM sympathisers.

from:  Sage
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 02:12 IST

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

These words of Robi Thakur ring aloud in my mind every time I see our politicians drag this country back to the dark ages of anarchy with sheer disregard, nay contempt, for the country and its laws. Our world has indeed been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls of vote banks, and the stream of reason is lost in the dreary sands of divisive politics. Our great country is being ravished while we, the common folk, lie in a stupor of apathy.
My Father, let my country awake

from:  Ravi S Iyer
Posted on: Apr 15, 2012 at 00:20 IST

Pride comes before fall...please remember Ms.Mamataji..please get over
from being drunk in power and serve the people of Bengal as you
promised."Poriborthan" remember??

from:  Prem
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 23:21 IST

Is Mamta running a police state with thugs running around to beat up anybody who criticizes her?

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 23:15 IST

Arrest is an axe on right to expression guaranteed under Indian constitution.

from:  P.Prabhakar
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 23:03 IST

Dictatorship under the disguise of democracy. It is encouraging for
miscreants to assault someone and get out soon for 500 Rs bail. The
system needs a thorough overhaul.

from:  Suresh Punuru
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 22:31 IST

First of all, thanks to Hindu news for highlighting this news rather
than the Sharukh's detainment. Shame on you Mamatha Benarji, the lady
Hitler of India! This proved that democracy has died in our country and
we shamelessly accept the fact that politicians and their relatives can
get bail, no matter how severe their crime is, while the common man has
to suffer. This is worse than British Raj!

from:  Yamini
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 21:04 IST

Where is the Constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression?

Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 19:32 IST

As a Jadavpur university alumni, I strongly criticized these incident.

from:  Sandip Kumar Saha
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 17:47 IST

Rs.500 as bail for this crime? Why bother to collect any bail at all! Let them get bail free, without even a word of "honour".

from:  witan
Posted on: Apr 14, 2012 at 17:40 IST
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