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Monday, April 14, 2014

Minister's Son in law and six other TMC supporter arrested for assaulting EC Personnel

Malda, 11 April, 2014: After daylong dramatic developments police finally arrested four Trinamul Congress activists including social welfare minister Sabitri Mitra’s son in law Samadip Sarkar against whom FIR was lodged on Thursday for manhandling the Election Commission (EC) appointed personnel who asked the Trinamul supporters to stop the motorcycle rally violating the EC’s guideline. Those four Trinamul workers would be produced in court on Saturday.

Three other Trinamul workers who were arrested last night were produced in court today. Chief judicial magistrate Amitabha Das ordered to keep them in police custody for two days. Das also asked police to produce the CD of the incident.

After the Manikchak BDO lodged an FIR against four Trinamul workers including the minister’s son in law, police became active. Kalu Sheikh and a Trinamul member of Manikchak panchayat samity Bipin Bihari Mandal were arrested in the evening. Later, police arrested another Trinamul worker Nilkantha Singha from Khayertala village late last night. Though police raids continued over the night, four prime accused in the FIR remained out of reach of police.

However, scenario changed after EC took up the matter very seriously today and asked the Director General of Police (DGP) to file a report within 5 pm on Friday. DG immediately asked the Malda SP Rupesh Kumar to arrest the prime accused. District police officials held closed door meetings for hours, sources said.

Finally police arrested Mukleshur Rahaman and Motiur Rahman around 2 pm from Rathbari area in English Bazaar police station. Minister Mitra’s son in law Samadip Sarkar was arrested along with Jamal Khan around 4.30 pm from Mangalbari area in Malda police station.

Minister Sabitri Mitra's son in law (in blue shirt) in police custody after being arrested manhandling EC officials
Photo: Sudip Roy Choudhury
Malda SP Kumar said that four arrested persons would be produced in court on Saturday. Cases were filed against those seven arrested Trinamul supporters under IPC sections186, 188, 352, 353, 427, 34A, 171C, 141 RW and 171 MV act. Out of these sections 352 and 353 are nonbailble sections.

It may be mentioned that EC personnel and cameramen were attacked at Khayertala village of Manikchak on Wednesday when they tried to stop a motorcycle rally of Trinamul in support of Malda south Trinamul candidate Moazzem Hossain.

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