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Kolkata Police arrests one more for 'shoot the traitor' slogan

Kolkata Police personnel produce three people at a local court, accused of raising provocative slogans during a rally by Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday, in Kolkata, March 2, 2020.

Kolkata Police personnel produce three people at a local court, accused of raising provocative slogans during a rally by Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday, in Kolkata, March 2, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Among the three arrested earlier, two have been sent to police custody for three days, while one was granted bail by a city court on grounds of age and ill health.

One more person was arrested for raising inflammatory slogans of “goli maaro salon ko” (shoot the traitor) taking the number of arrests to four. While three people were arrested from the city’s central New Market police station area on Monday morning, another person was rounded up from Ghola in the 24 Parganas (North) district in the night.

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The supporters of the BJP had raised the slogans en route to Union Home Minister Amit Shah rally in Kolkata. Earlier, party State leadership had distanced itself from the Sunday’s incident and one of its vice-presidents Subhas Sarkar said the “goli maro” rally was “staged by the TMC to malign the BJP”.

The Kolkata police have registered a case under Sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups), 34 (common intent), 505 (public mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the slogan as “inflammatory, illegal and demonic” and said strong action will be taken.

A war of words over the recent political developments continued with BJP MP and Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo criticising Ms. Banerjee for her ‘genocide’ remarks. On Monday, she had called the violence in Delhi a “planned genocide”.

Mr. Supriyo urged the Chief Minister not to make provocative statements. “The Chief Minister doesn’t even know the meaning of genocide. So she should think twice before shooting off her mouth. At a time when normalcy is returning to Delhi, she should stop making these kinds of provocative comments,” Mr. Supriyo said.

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