Microbiologist slams Mamata government, says democracy in peril


Kolkata, April 18, 2012, PTI
Democracy is in peril in West Bengal, Partha Sarothi Ray alleged within hours of walking free from jail on Wednesday, after a number of intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his release. Ray was arrested on April 8 for participating in a sit-in demonstration
protesting the eviction of about 200 families from Nonadanga by the Mamata Banerjeeadministration. He was granted bail on Wednesday, after the public prosecutor did not oppose his bail plea.

“I’ve always considered standing beside the poor and the marginalised, and on the side of justice, as a duty and responsibility. I’ve done that constantly over the past four years. If it is a crime in West Bengal, then I can only say we are living in dark days for the state,” Ray said at Kolkata Press Club.

Ray’s outburst comes against the backdrop of a section of intellectuals, who campaigned for change before the 2011 assembly elections, criticising and demonstrating against the government’s intolerance on issues such as the arrest of Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra for e-mailing a spoof on the chief minister and former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi.

A visibly agitated Ray said on Wednesday he would go back to Nonadanga (off E M Bypass) and join the anti-eviction movement as soon as possible. “No one invited me to join the movement. I went there on my own, and I would keep going to show solidarity,” he said.

On Wednesday, Ray joined the rising chorus against the government’s alleged intolerance to dissent, right of expression and democratic struggles.

“I, too, played a small role in bringing in the so-called change. But now intellectuals who want to speak their mind are being targeted. I’ve been arrested on an absolutely false charge, brought just to harass me and destroy the legitimate struggle of Nonadanga,” Ray said, adding, “We never meant for such a change!”

Though Ray was arrested for participating in a rally near Nonadanga on April 8, the scientist claimed records show that he was at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research campus at Kalyani, about 70 kilometer from Kolkata, on that day.

Ray said that he hopes his release would “pave the path for the release of the six co-accused persons who have not been granted bail and are implicated in other false charges.”

On April 8, Ray was arrested along with other 68 people. Later, 62 of those were released while Ray and six others – including current and former students of Jadavpur University Debolina Chakraborty, Debjani Ghosh and Avijnan Sarkar – were booked under several sections of the IPC and CrPC.

On Wednesday, while the government lawyer did not oppose the bail plea of Ray, pleas for the six others were opposed.

“I feel like being the lucky one as many prominent personalities spoke for my release. But the purpose would be served only when those six activists are released and Nonadanga’s evicted persons get rehabilitation,” Ray said in the media conference.

Jadavpur University professor arrested for spreading ‘anti-Mamata’ cartoons #FOE, granted bail


CARTOON SAYS

 In Satyajit Ray’s movie “Sonar kella”, Mukul is a kid that seem to have memories of a “golden fort” from his past life. His doctor (psychiatrist) takes him to a trip to Rajasthan to see if the fort exists. An evil doctor, wanting to make fortune off the supposed golden fort’s treasures, tries to kill Mukul’s doctor and take his place. This are excerpts from dialogue between the evil doctor (Mamta) and Mukul (Mukul) from the movie. The original good doctor represents Trivedi.

Evil doctor (after hypnotizing Mukul).: Can you see the golden fort, Mukul?
Mukul (about his original doctor, after the evil doctor portrays the good doctor as the bad one): That’s a bad person!
Evil doctor (after pushing the good doctor off a cliff): Bad person vanish!

PTI- Professor Mahapatra of Jadavpur university, who was arrested for allegedly circulating anti-Mamata’s caricature on the Internet, was granted bail by Alipore court. Police arrested him last night for violating cyber laws.

He is a Chemistry Professor in the Jadavpur University. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the professor was arrested for his wrongdoings.

On Thursday night, he was assaulted by the Trinamool-Congress(TMC) leaders for circulating the cartoons.

Kolkata, ibnlive april 13, 2012 : A Jadavpur University professor was arrested on Friday morning for allegedly spreading “anti-Mamata Banerjee” cartoons on the Internet. Ambikesh Mahapatra, a teacher with the Chemistry Department of the University, was picked up on Thursday night by the police for allegedly forwarding cartoons of Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.

The cartoon based on Satyajit Ray‘s movie Sonar Kella, allegedly show Mamata and Railways Minister Mukul Roy discussing how to get rid of party MP Dinesh Trivedi.

Mahapatra has been booked for defaming Mamata. Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for defamation) have been slapped on the professor, who was arrested on charges of forwarding “derogatory images” of the West Bengal Chief Minister to nearly 65 recipients and mocking her government policies.

Trinamool workers allegedly raided Mahapatra’s residence at New Garia in the southern fringes of Kolkata before the police picked him up. They also allegedly manhandled the professor.

Even though Mahapatra was picked up on Thursday night the police showed his arrest only on Friday morning after he had been forced to spend the night at East Jadavpur Police Station. The professor will now be produced in the Alipore court.

Sources say it is quite an unprecedented incident and point out that Mamata is becoming increasingly intolerant to any incident that shows her in bad light, even if may be innocuous.

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