April 13th, 2012
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University professor arrested for spreading “anti-Mamata Banerjee” cartoons

mamata banerjeeNew Delhi: Jadavpur University professor, Ambikesh Mahapatra was arrested by the West Bengal police for allegedly spreading “anti-Mamata Banerjee” cartoons on the internet. The cartoon based on Satyajit Ray’s movie Sonar Kella, allegedly show Mamata and Railways Minister Mukul Roy discussing how to get rid of party MP Dinesh Trivedi.

Ambikesh Mahapatra, a teacher in the chemistry department of the Jadavpur University, was attacked by Trinammol Congress workers on Thursday night when he was returning home. Police have charged Ambikesh Mahapatra with cyber crime offences.

Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for defamation) have been slapped on the professor. He has been accused of forwarding “derogatory images” of the West Bengal Chief Minister to nearly 65 recipients and mocking her government policies. Even though Mahapatra was picked up on Thursday night the police showed his arrest only on Friday morning after he had been forced to spend the night at East Jadavpur Police Station. The professor will now be produced in the Alipore court later today.



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