June 24, 2021

The Times of Bengal

Manusher Sathe,Manusher Pashe

4 arrested in protest of Nizam Palace, others are also being searched

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Kolkata: CBI office in Kolkata on the day of the arrest of two state ministers Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Trinamool MLA Madan Mitra and former mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam case. Kolkata police filed a case against Nizam Palace. Cases were filed against unidentified persons. This time the police of Shakespeare Street police arrested four people for showing the protest. Three of the four were arrested from Khidirpur and one from Beniapukur.

Protests outside the Nizam’s Palace have been prosecuted under multiple sections, including spreading violence and illegal gatherings. The case has been filed under sections 147, 147 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code. Four people have been arrested in the incident so far, but the rest are being searched, police said.

Incidentally, after the arrest of Firhad-Madan, the Nizam Palace premises gradually took on the appearance of a battlefield. Apart from allegations of baton charges against the central forces, grassroots activists were also accused of throwing bricks, stones, bottles and shoes. Trinamool activists even tried to break down the gate of Nizam Palace by pulling and kicking. In the face of the attack of the grassroots activists, the soldiers of the central forces deployed at the gate of the Nizam Palace practically retreated. The situation reached such a point that it was almost impossible to bring the arrested ministers-legislators out of the Nizam’s Palace to take them to court. The CBI requested a virtual hearing.

Even though the four got bail in the lower court, the High Court stayed it. Speaking on behalf of the CBI, Attorney General Tushar Mehta said, “This is an unprecedented incident.” The accused could not be brought to court in person because of the protest. So the police filed an FIR and arrested four people to show that the role of the administration was right in the whole incident.

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