Mamata's nephew slapgate: 'Debasish was suffering from depression, not connected to any party'

A day after some reports claim that Debasish Acharya, man who slapped West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, belongs to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), defending her son, Acharya's mother on Tuesday claimed that 'he is not connected to any party'.

Kolkata: A day after some reports claimed that Debasish Acharya, the man who slapped West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee, belonged to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Acharya's mother on Tuesday, defending her son, said that 'he is not connected to any party'.

“My son is not connected to any party,” Debasis Acharya's mother told reporters here.

She also claimed that her son was suffering from depression and was under treatment. "My son is suffering from depression and was undergoing treatment," his mother told an English news channel.

However, condemning the incident, she further said that slapping an MP could not be supported in any way.

Reports yesterday quoted West Bengal police sources as saying that the youth, who slapped Abhishek at a public meeting in East Midnapore district on Sunday, had affiliation to the BJP ideologue, the RSS.

West Bengal police had arrested the youth yesterday on various charges including attempt to murder.

Debasish Acharya, a resident of Tamluk in East Midnapore district, is undergoing treatment in Tamluk Hospital and is said to be in a serious condition after he was brutally assaulted by Trinamool workers for attacking Banerjee during the public meeting at Chandipur of the district on Sunday.

The incident led to chaos as after thrashing the attacker severely, the Trinamool workers went on a rampage, targeting policemen and media persons at the public meeting convened by the Trinamool Youth Congress (TYC).

Charges under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 447 (criminal trespass), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) was slapped against the youth.

Meanwhile, police said that there were plans to present Acharya in court today if his condition improved substantially.

However, Abhishek forgave the assaulter and appealed to TMC Congress workers to maintain peace in the state.

"At a personal level... let me forgive the perpetrator and wish him early recovery. Today is a new day, let us look ahead. I also urge my co-workers to maintain peace, harmony throughout the state and be restrained in their actions," the Trinamool MP wrote on his official Facebook page.

(With Agency inputs)

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