Man Who Questioned Mamata Denied Bail

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  1. ani82v

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    Man who questioned Mamata denied bail

    A West Bengal court Monday rejected the bail plea of a man, who was arrested after he had publicly questioned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about her government policies towards farmers.

    "The court of assistant chief judicial magistrate (Jhargram) Monday rejected Shiladitya Chowdhury's bail plea. He is now in judicial custody," his counsel Ashwini Mandal said.

    Chowdhury, a marginal farmer, was arrested Saturday from Jhargram in West Midnapore district for "disrupting a public rally and assaulting police officers". He was later remanded to 14 days' judicial custody.

    He has been charged under several non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code, one of which carries an imprisonment term of 10 years.

    While Banerjee was addressing a public rally July 8 in Belpahari a Maoist stronghold about 170km from Kolkata, Chowdhury stood up and asked her: "Farmers are dying because they have no money. Empty promises are not enough. What are you doing for farmers?"

    Stunned by the question, an angry Banerjee immediately branded him a "Maoist" following which Chowdhury was detained and taken for interrogation by the police.


    "I have information Maoists have sent agents to create disturbance at this meeting. Catch him. Do not let him create trouble," Banerjee had said.

    Chowdhury was, however, allowed to go that day but was arrested Saturday morning.

    The arrest evoked a strong reaction from all quarters, including Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju, who denounced Banerjee as "totally dictatorial, intolerant, and whimsical".

    He termed the action as a "blatant misuse" of state machinery and "flagrant violation" of constitutional and human rights.
     
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    Is it not similar to what happened to a Chinese mother a few days ago?

    Here, every critic is a Maoist and Leftist

    A farmer who questions the Chief Minister is arrested and labelled a serious threat to peace. An inquisitive student is branded a Maoist. This is West Bengal

    Naming and blaming has become intrinsic to political culture, and as a practice serves to erode, corrupt and undermine debate, difference and dissent — the only sustainable practice in any maturing democracy. The labelling of persons as ‘Right’, ‘Left’ or ‘Ultra’ is convenient for the ruling elite as it absolves them of any accountability for the causes that trigger protests. In other words, labelling, naming and blaming creates divides, separates ‘us’ from ‘them’, and produces stresses and strains that can then be easily manipulated to provoke the desired outcomes.

    Sometimes, the manipulation is questioned by the broader political class that finds the provocation to be dangerous to its own positions and interests, such as the outrage over the warning issued about the ‘third wave’ of ‘radicalisation of Muslim youth’ by MP Asaduddin Owaisi in the context of clashes, deaths and forced displacement in Assam's Bodo belt. More often, the naming-and- blaming game works inside specific political locations, such as State or district politics. Despite its function as part of local political competition, it is nevertheless a highly corrosive substance in terms of democracy and freedom.

    The bizarre incident of a farmer being charged under non-bailable sections for heckling a Chief Minister — in this instance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee — is a case in point. The farmer, Shiladitya Chowdhury from Jhargram, was first named and blamed on suspicion of being a “Maoist”. He was later discovered to be nothing of the sort. Still, later, he was arrested for disturbing the peace and other such “crimes”.

    If raising a protest in a public meeting disturbs peace, then the definitions of both peace and disturbance need to be re-examined. Heckling at public meetings is a democratically and politically accepted practice. The practice is routine is most parts of the world and there are no consequences for it except for those places where free-style democratic wrestling is not permissible. Given West Bengal's highly competitive and, therefore, contentious politics, a development deplored by the Trinamool Congress chief because it “politicised” and vitiated the atmosphere, the Government's response seems disproportionate and begs the question: Is this West Bengal or some other place?

    The political game of naming and blaming, of attaching political loyalty tags to individuals and using that to confront the rival/opposition, is part of the culture of West Bengal. Sometimes it is ridiculous, at other times it is bizarre, and infrequently it becomes dangerous. The fact that political parties of all persuasions indulge in this exercise reveals a feudal rather than a democratic mindset; patronage networks and inclusion based on allegiance, both personal and political, are intrinsic to this structure of creating differentiations. Even though it is so outrageously undemocratic, it has not been attacked or questioned in the past. That it is being questioned and Press Council Of India chairman Markandey Katju has declared the incident undemocratic and has been unequivocal in describing it as disrespectful of civil rights and constitutionally protected liberties, is a sign that the usual game of naming and blaming has crossed the usual limits of rivalry or routine bureaucratic paranoia.

    The spectre of being arrested on suspicion, no matter how unfounded, is a reminder of the worst period of political history in West Bengal as well as in India. During what has been described as the “undeclared Emergency” in West Bengal between 1967 and 1977, when it was unsafe for youth in many parts of Kolkata and indeed in the rest of the State, to sleep at home at night for fear of a police raid, when it was unsafe to speak with sympathy about Naxals or be seen with a sympathiser, the label of Naxalite was one of distinction. It inspired admiration as well as fear and turned the police administration totally paranoid. It appears that the police in West Bengal remain paranoid about the Naxals aka Maoists, finding in every heckler a secret agent.

    It was as much politics as police terror that drove promising young people to quit West Bengal in search of less paranoid and hostile places. This time, if another wave of suspicion were to accelerate the departure of young people from West Bengal, then what would be left behind are the dregs that thrive on the networks of political patronage in what is an intrinsically feudal relationship.
     
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    The arrested man cannot be given bail since he has been booked under non bailable offence!
     
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    Mamata is becoming very autocratic. She is seeing Red every corner.
     
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    hitler didi
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Make her PM...she could very well be another indira gandhi!
     
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    Mamata is paranoid about Maoists. She allied with them to oust Left Front, and she probably promised them something, because for Mamata, it was her ambition to become the CM, by hook or by crook. Now that she chose the crook, and has become the CM, he probably cannot meet some of the outlandish demands, and has probably received threats from the Maoists.

    That is why she sees Maoist in every question.

    What next? Anything that moves or crawls is a Maoist?
     
  10. Man was bent on disturbing Mamata's rally: Mukul Roy

    Railway minister Mukul Roy on Saturday said that the man arrested from Mamata Banerjee's rally at Belphari in junglemahal did not ask any question but was bent on disturbing the chief minister's meeting and was drunk.

    "He tried to disturb the meeting in Belpahari, which is the highest
    Maoist-prone area. He broke the barricade in the z-plus security zone. He was drunk and pushed police officers and women and used threatening language," Roy told PTI.
    "Anyone has a right to ask questions. But he did not ask any question. He was just shouting. I was present there," Roy said.

    The railway minister said that the man also resisted his detention and also did not give his identity correctly.

    "He said his name was Durjodhon Mahato. But later it was found during investigation by the police that his name was Siladitya Chowdhury. Why did he not give his name correctly?" he asked.

    Roy, stopping short of calling the man a Maoist, said "He is a criminal trespasser. He had criminal intentions. He is among those who are bent on creating trouble and does not believe in parliamentary democracy."

    He also said that none had objected when the man was detained.

    Trinamool Congress MP, Derek O' Brien, said that there was no instruction to the police from the CM's office to arrest the man.

    "The police are doing its duty and the law will take its own course.

    "In this highly sensitive Maoist zone, security was keeping a close watch on the crowd when they noticed the man along with six or seven others continuously heckling the CM and also preventing them from discharging their duties and attempting to disturb the peace at the rally," O'Brien said.

    He said that the man was detained, questioned and allowed to go, but on Saturday afternoon after further investigation, he was arrested.

    Man was bent on disturbing Mamata's rally: Mukul Roy - Hindustan Times
     
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    It is not the attitude of a cm who elected by public.
    There will be criticism.
    You have to bear it also.

    I can't say more.
    Because i live in wb.
    I am not feeling safe to say further.
     
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    Don't what kind of Independence Day he and his family would be celebrating!
     

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