Mamata defends arrest of professor over cartoons

Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 22:03

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Friday defended the arrest of a Jadavpur University
professor over his cartoons on the internet putting her in
poor light and she blamed CPI-M for raising trivial issues to
"malign" her.

"They don`t do any work but think of ways to frame me,"
Banerjee said targeting the CPI-M hours after the police
action against Ambikesh Mohapatra that led to a strong
condemnation from the academic community and the Left.

"...They commit crimes and once people are arrested they
run it on their channels for the whole day," she said at a
public event. The Trinamool Congress supremo warned this will
not be allowed to go on.

Labour minister Purnendu Bose also justified the arrest,
arguing the contents circulated by the professor were not a
cartoon, but real pictures, which were nothing but an insult.

"Law will take its own course," he said.

Mohapatra meanwhile claimed some people suspected to be
belonging to ruling Trinamool Congress yesterday forced him to
sign a letter to say he is a member of CPI-M and that he had
intentionally sent the e-mails circulating the cartoons.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 22:03

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