Monday, April 14, 2014
TMC minister's son in law and TMC workers in 5 days police custody, TMC lodges FIR against EC
Malda, 12 April, 2014: Trinamool Congress minister Sabitri Mitra’s son in law Samadip Sarkar along with three other TMC workers were produced in court today in connection with manhandling the Election Commission officials on 10 April in Manikchak. Chief judicial magistrate Sumitra Deb ordered to keep them to keep in jail custody for four days. They would be produced in court again on 16 April.
Meanwhile, Malda south Trinamool candidate Moazzaem Hossain’s election agent Ramprabesh Mandal today lodged an FIR against EC claiming situation deteriorated in Manikchak after the EC officials deliberately blocked Hossain’s car when he was campaigning.
Police produced Sarkar and other TMC supporters today around 11.45 am where large number of TMC supporters was waiting since morning. They obstructed the photo-journalists to take snaps of those arrested TMC activists. After the accused were produced in court, their lawyer Abani Dutta strongly pleaded for their bail. However, assistant public prosecutor Jayanta Mazumdar vehemently opposed the bail plea.
After the CJM rejecting the bail-plea ordered jail custody for the accused for 14 days, their lawyer Dutta claimed that police did not have any such evidence so that the accused could be sent to jail custody for 14 days. CJM then ordered jail custody for five days for the accused. She also asked police to produce CD of the case immediately.
However, questions were raised as government pleader did not demand police custody for the accused. Mazumdar defending the stand said that all accused were arrested. Hence, police custody was not necessary.
On the other hand, TMC election agent from Malda south Mandal said, “EC officials were responsible for the scuffle. Excitement followed when they blocked our candidate’s vehicle deliberately. It was the task of the police. EC officials played a pro-active role to heckle the TMC. So we lodged an FIR against them.”
Malda DM Sharad Dwivedi conceded that a complaint was lodged in Manikchak police station against EC personnel on Saturday.
SP Rupesh Kumar said, “Police have ben looking into the complaint.”