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Friday April 13, 2012 11:15:14 PM, IANS

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A Jadavpore University professor was arrested early Friday for allegedly circulating defamatory cartoons of some Trinamool Congress leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, police said. "Ambikesh Mahapatra  »

Kolkata: A Jadavpore University professor was arrested for allegedly circulating defamatory cartoons of some Trinamool Congress leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, attracting widespread criticism from all quarters.

Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor of physical chemistry, in his 50s, later claimed he had sent the mail for "pure fun" to his friends.

Mahapatra alleged he was mercilessly beaten up by 'Trinamool Congress' members and forced to give a signed statement Thursday night that he had posted the cartoon online "motivatedly" as he was "an active Communist Party of India-Marxist worker".

"He has been booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information technology Act," an officer of East Jadavpore police station said.

Another person, Subrata Sengupta, the secretary of Mahapatra's housing society, was been arrested as the professor allegedly used the society's registered email id to send the cartoon strips.

Mahapatra was booked under charges of outraging the modesty of a woman - punishable with one year imprisonment, defamation which carries a maximum term of two years and hacking, punishable with three years prison term and fine up to Rs.2 lakh.

Both Mahapatra and Sengupta were granted bail by the court of 2nd judicial magistrate (Alipore) Suparna Roy.

The collage of cartoons mailed by by Mahapatra allegedly includes the photographs of Banerjee and Railway Minister Mukul Roy and uses some dialogues of Satyajit Ray's detective masterpiece "Sonar Kella", showing the duo discussing how to get rid of party leader Dinesh Trivedi, who was forced by the chief minister to give up the railways portfolio. 'Mukul' is incidentally the name of the child protagonist in the movie.

The chief minister defended the arrest, and targeted the CPI-M.

"They did not do any work when they were in power for 34 years. Now they only try to block my developmental plans. They commit crimes and once people are arrested they
run it on their channels through the day," Banerjee said.

Labour Minister Purnendu Bose said: "It is an attempt to insult Banerjee and police have done what they are expected to do in such a case."

But leaders of all other political parties, including a Trinamool Congress MP, condemned the arrest.

Trinamool Congress rebel Lok Sabha member Kabir Suman said: "Even I have received the cartoon and I cannot fathom how it can be a cyber crime. It has been made in good humour. If he can be arrested today then who knows we may be arrested tomorrow."

While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state secretary Rahul Sinha called the action a blatant misuse of power, Congress leader O.P. Mishra said the move was an attack on the democracy and freedom of speech and expression.

Leader of the opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said: "Under this regime, one cannot laugh, one cannot cry, one cannot onpass jokes. This government is making itself a laughing stock".

Educationist Sunando Sanyal, once considered close to Banerjee, said: "This is not the change one had desired. It is unfortunate.".

Actor Kaushik Sen said: "I could not suppress my smile when I heard about the issue. But at the same time this is not a laughable matter. If somebody draws a cartoon he has to be arrested? This is ridiculous and alarming. I feel concerned. May be, later our plays will be stopped and our houses attacked."

Students of Jadavpore university took printouts of the cartoon and displayed them in the campus, and put up posters opposing the arrest. The Jadavpore University Teachers' Association described the arrest as an 'assault' on education, and resolved to fight by involving all those associated with teaching. "We want immediate withdrawal of the case and arrest of the culprits who beat him up. Responsible ministers should practice restraint. Otherwise teachers will start agitation."

There was a barrage of angry comments on twitter.

"Shame! Shame! A professor is arrested over a cartoon in Kolkata. It's an extreme violation of freedom of expression!" tweeted exiled Banlgadeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, now in New Delhi.

Dripping sarcasm, Salil Tripathi said: "No Marx, no cartoons in Mamata-di's Bengal. … Only Groucho Marx can make sense of the lady with hawai chappals (Banerjee)."


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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