In a reminder of the 2012 incident that happened in Jadavpur University when professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and his neighbour were arrested for emailing a spoof on Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee, the police arrested a resident of Malbazar of New Jalpaiguri district for allegedly posting a comment against the local TMC councillor on the internet.
The accused was arrested on Friday. The Facebook post did not even mention the name of the Councillor, but Pulin Goldar filed defamation charges anyway. The police acted very promptly and arrested the accused, Rohit Pashi, for a post on his personal Facebook wall.
Rohit Pashi was made to sit on a stool in the duty officer’s room through the night and was produced before the Subdivisional Magistrate on Saturday from where he got a bail of Rs. 2000.
The TMC was quick to reply to reports of this incident with Derek O’Brien stating that no arrests were made at Malbazar following a Facebook post. But the question arises that since this is a local problem and a problem between a Councillor and a private individual, why the TMC felt the need to jump into the situation and clarify what went wrong.
People are now concerned about how Freedom of Speech is completely in jeopardy now, as far as West Bengal is concerned.