Kolkata, Aug 24 (): A Kolkata farmer Shiladitya Chowdhary who was arrested on Aug 10 for questioning West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been released on bail by the Midnapore district court today. The farmer was directed by the court to pay a personal surety of Rs 1000.
Shiladitya Chowdhary, who hails from Noawa village, questioned the West Bengal chief Minister, while she was addressing a public meeting at Belpahari in West Midnapore. At the rally Chowdhary, stood up and very courageously asked Banerjee, “Farmers are living a miserable life due to poverty. Empty promises are not enough. What have you done for farmers?” Chowdhary even asked Mamata to glance into the dilemma of the farmers in the state.
Mamata, at once dubbed the farmer as a Maoist who questioned her and ordered the police to arrest the farmer. The farmer was arrested by the police as per the instructions given by the chief minister. The police after detaining him questioned him and later let him go. On August 10th night, Shiladitya, was again arrested from his house.
Siladitya Chowdhury was remanded in judicial custody for fourteen days in Jhargram, by the district sessions court after being charged under five sections of the IPC, unconditional bail on furnishing a P R bond. On August 13, his bail petition was denied by a local court in Jhargram.
He was charged under various sections of the IPC like 333-causing grievous hurt to deter public servant in discharging public duty, 447-criminal trespass, and 506-criminal intimidation, in addition to two more.
There was a wide protest from all over the country from various groups including the former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, who criticized her by saying that she totally lacks to be a political leader in a democratic country like India, since she least bothers about to value of constitutional and civil rights of citizens and is totally dictatorial, intolerant, and unusual in her behaviour.