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.