Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta, who were arrested and had to spend a night in police custody earlier this year for forwarding an email containing a graphic directed at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have written to the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) saying they have not received the compensation of Rs. 50,000 from the State government even three months after the panel’s recommendation.
The WBHRC had recommended on August 13 a compensation to each of them for the “manner in which they were arrested and detained in the thana ” in connection with the email.
Prof. Mahapatra and Mr. Sengupta were arrested on April 12 and spent the night in custody at Purba Jadavpur police station.
There has been no communication from the State government, the letter dated November 16 stated. The WBHRC had recommended that the compensation be paid within six weeks of the issue of order. The State government was asked to submit the action taken report to the commission within two months.
“It is strange that the State government has not informed or communicated with the WBHRC,” Prof. Mahapatra told The Hindu on Monday.
Stating that the recommendation of the commission had come as a solace, he said it vindicated the sanctity of justice, fair play and liberty enshrined in the Constitution. However, questioning the State government’s attitude, Prof. Mahapatra wondered what was the purpose of the government to have such commissions if it did not implement