Rights panel orders probe into Shiladitya arrest -Ananya Dutta
The West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Friday ordered an inquiry into the arrest of Shiladitya Chowdhury, who was apprehended by the security forces after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dubbed him a Maoist for questioning her government’s policies on agriculture, at a rally in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal region last week.
Chairman of the Commission Justice (retired) Asok Kumar Ganguly directed Additional Director-General of Police K.P.P. Rao to conduct an inquiry into the matter and submit a report within three weeks.
Mr. Chowdhury, a resident of the Binpur thana area in Paschim Medinipur, was produced before a district court on August 11 and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
During the day, a three-member delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party met Justice Ganguly, seeking his intervention in the matter.
“We believe that the questions Shiladitya Chowdhury has raised are the concerns of every farmer in the State,” said Asim Sarkar, State general secretary of the BJP.