Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Politics
1-min read

Bengal Congress' Sanmoy Bandyopadhyay Arrested for Criticising TMC on Social Media, Party to Hold Protests

The Congress leader Sanmoy Bandyopadhyay was arrested late Thursday night near his residence in Sodepur of North 24-Parganas.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:October 18, 2019, 1:10 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Bengal Congress' Sanmoy Bandyopadhyay Arrested for Criticising TMC on Social Media, Party to Hold Protests
File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (PTI)

Kolkata: Cracking the whip on the circulation of ‘objectionable’ content on social media, the West Bengal cybercrime cell on Thursday arrested senior Congress leader Sanmoy Bandyopadhyay for making critical remarks on the ruling TMC government in the state.

The Congress leader was arrested late Thursday night near his residence in Sodepur of North 24-Parganas. While the specific charges against Sanmoy were not immediately known, West Bengal Congress president, Somendra Nath Mitra said he was arrested for criticizing the “misrule of the TMC government on Facebook and other social media platforms.”

Condemning the arrest, Mitra added, “We will fight it politically and legally. Such arrests will not stop us from raising our voice against the misrule of Mamata Banerjee in Bengal." The state party head further blamed the TMC leaders and said that it seems the police acted on their instruction.

This is not the first time that an arrest was made on the basis of a social media post in the state.

Recently, BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who was in Kolkata to attend Amit Shah’s road show, was detained for uploading a morphed photograph of the Banerjee. The same morphed image was later used by another BJP leader, Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested on May 10 but was released on bail after a Supreme Court intervention.

At that time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hit out at Banerjee, accusing her of being an arrogant minister and said that he will not lodge a police complaint even if she will makes the worst portrait of him.

Earlier in 2012, Ambikesh Mahapatra, a professor of at Jadavpur University in Kolkata was arrested for circulating an ‘objectionable’ caricature of Banerjee. Then, there were protests staged by the film industry in February against the mysterious disappearance of ‘Bhobishoyoter Bhoot’ -- a film that mocked the ruling TMC and other parties – from cinema halls of Bengal.

With the arrest of Sanmoy Bandyopadhyay – the state Congress leadership is planning to hold a protest rally at Sodepur. “We have to understand that this is a political arrest. We will fight it politically. TMC is exposed and people are losing trust on them,” Mitra said.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results