Lecturer held for FB post on riots gets bail

A court in southern Assam’s Silchar on Tuesday granted bail to Souradeep Sengupta, a college lecturer who was arrested on February 28 night for an “objectionable” Facebook post targeting the BJP, the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Delhi riots.

“His bail was granted with the condition that he will not leave the town without seeking permission from the appropriate authority,” said one of his cousins on condition of anonymity.

The 25-year-old Mr. Sengupta, who is a guest lecturer at Silchar’s Gurucharan College, was arrested on a complaint by the local unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) although he had deleted the post.

He told his relatives that the four days he spent in the lock-up of the local police station were the most harrowing time of his life.

Mr. Sengupta had earlier offered to quit teaching after the college principal said he was under pressure to stop him from continuing as a guest lecturer. Some 50 ABVP members had on February 28 demonstrated in the college and met the principal.

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