On the evening of 12 April 2012 and in the early hours of 13 April 2012,
Dr. Ambikesh Mahapatra, Professor of Chemistry at Jadavpur University,
Kolkata, India was assaulted by hoodlums affiliated with the current ruling party running the State Government of West Bengal and then arrested and charged by the local police for sharing a satirical cartoon online. His elderly neighbour, Mr. Subrata Sengupta was also arrested as a 'fellow conspirator'. The cartoon contained a reference to Mamata Banerjee, the Hon'ble Chief Minister replacing Dinesh Trivedi with Mukul Roy as Hon'ble Railway Minister. The graphic used photographic images of Trinamool Congress leaders and deployed dialogues taken from Satyajit Ray's film thriller “Sonar Kella' to poke fun at an
imaginary discussion between Ms. Banerjee and Mr Roy on how to replace
Mr. Trivedi as Railway Minister. For sending this cartoon to his acquaintances, Dr. Ambikesh Mahapatra has been charged with violating the modesty of a woman, spreading social ill-will and disrupting social harmony.
We are requesting you to ensure:
1. Withdrawal of all charges against Dr. Ambikesh Mahapatra and Mr.
2. Withdrawal of the comments made by the two State Government
ministers who labeled them as criminals before the media
3. Prosecution of those who criminally intimidated Dr. Ambikesh
Mahapatra and Mr. Subrata Sengupta
4. Withdrawal of the West Bengal government's decision to police the
internet, including social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter,
by deploying the C.I. D. to swoop down on all critical
5. Right to Free Speech, a fundamental right guaranteed by Indian Constitution and recognised worldwide as one of the principal civil rights, which is being trampled with utmost violence in West Bengal.
link: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/WestBengal/Not-funny-Prof-neighbour-arrested-over-Mamata-cartoons/Article1-839847.aspx as the news item which shows the cartoon and gives its English translation. Also : http://ibnlive.in.com/news/west-bengal-cid-probes-web-posts-against-mamata/248481-37-64.html
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