Man who slapped Mamata nephew's charged with attempt to murder
The youth, who slapped Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is likely to be produced before a court on Tuesday.
Kolkata: The youth, who slapped Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is likely to be produced before a court on Tuesday.
Debasish Acharya was arrested on Monday on various charges, including attempted murder, even as he lay hospitalised battling for life after being brutally assaulted by a mob.
Police said there were plans to present him in court Tuesday if his condition improved substantially.
But none of those who almost lynched Acharya after he hit Abhishek Banerjee on the dais of a Trinamool Youth Congress (TYC) public meeting on Sunday, were taken into custody by police, who only slapped "culpable homicide" charges against some "unknown persons".
State Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee virtually justified the mob fury, drawing parallel with the killing of Sikhs in Delhi and other parts of the country after then prime minister Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984. A top ranking police officer claimed Acharya has links with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
However, Abhishek Banerjee - head of TYC - Monday forgave the assaulter and appealed to the party workers to maintain peace throughout the state.
Acharya, a resident of Tamluk in East Midnapore district, is now under treatment in Tamluk Hospital with multiple head injuries after he was mercilessly thrashed by a mob of purportedly Trinamool workers at the public meeting venue in Chandipur of the district on Sunday.
Attending doctors said Acharya has sustained three deep wounds in his head besides injuries at other parts of the body and kept oscillating between consciousness and unconsciousness.
Meanwhile, the police slapped charges under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 447 (criminal trespass), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against Acharya.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma claimed that the youth's family had conceded that he had contacts with the ABVP and the RSS.
Trinamool general secretary Partha Chatterjee said the party would organise protest rallies against the "cowardly attack" on Banerjee.
Taking security personnel and party workers unawares, Acharya had climbed the dais while seemingly clicking photos on his mobile phone, came close to Banerjee and before anyone could react, slapped him on the face soon after he had started his speech. Taken aback, Banerjee moved back, and the youth's second attempt to hit him did not succeed.
The incident led to chaos as party workers thrashed the attacker severely and later went on rampage, targeting policemen and media personnel. Several police officers and constables and four mediapersons sustained injuries while cops had to take shelter by locking themselves inside the Chandipur police station.
(With IANS inputs)