A professor of chemistry of the Jadavpur University was arrested on Friday along with his neighbour for allegedly posting a cartoon on a popular social networking site involving chief minister Mamata Banerjee, railway minister Mukul Roy and former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi.
DCP (south suburban division) Sujay Chanda said that professor Ambikesh Mohapatra was arrested along with a neighbor residing in east Jadavpur for spreading derogatory messages against “respectable persons”.
They would be produced in a court, he said.
The cartoon showed the chief minister and the railway minister exchanging dialogues from a popular Bengali film by Satyajit Ray which alluded to the replacement of Dinesh Trivedi by Mukul Roy as railway minister.
The arrests triggered reaction from various circles with state labour minister Purnendu Bose justifying the police action. Bose argued that it was not a cartoon, but real pictures, which were nothing but an insult.
“Law will take its own course,” he said.
Rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman, who has fallen foul of party supremo Mamata Banerjee for his controversial statements, slammed the police for making the arrests.
“What has been forwarded in the website is an innocent expression and it is difficult to accept that a person can be arrested on the basis of this,” he said.
Educationists Sunanda Sanyal, who has parted ways with Mamata Banerjee in recent time, condemned the arrest and said it was made “on a flimsy ground”.
Noted writer Sunil Gangopadhyay said that the arrests were a pointer to the dictatorial attitude of the ruling party “which is ominous”.
”I fail to understand how arrests can be made over cartoons which are natural expressions in a democracy and want to know when politicians will learn to ignore cartoons,”
The writer demanded immediate release of the professor.
Courtesy Times Of India