North Dinajpur district BJP chief sent to jail custody for 24 hours, Dilip defends ‘anti-police’ remarks

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ANUP JAYSWAL, SOUMYA DE SARKAR
NORTH DINAJPUR/ MALDA
24 Sep 2018

District BJP president Sankar Chakraborty, who was arrested after passing ‘provocative’ remarks against police in connection with death of two students from Daribhit village in firing, was sent to jail custody for 24 hours today.
Chakraborty was kept sitting at Chakulia police station last night and was made ready for production in court today. But as he started feeling breathing-trouble and chest-pain the district BJP chief was rushed to Islampur sub divisional hospital.
The entire hospital campus was put under a security cover while Chakraborty was under treatment. After treating him for nearly three hours the doctors declared him fit.
Police produced Chakraborty in Islampur sub divisional court around 1.30 in the afternoon. Additional chief judicial magistrate Mahua Roy Choudhury ordered his jail custody for a day and asked police to produce Chakraborty in court on Tuesday again. The ACJM also asked police to submit the case diary tomorrow.
Chakraborty was charged under section 505(1) (B) of IPC by police.
On his way to court Chakraborty said that he was not repentant of his remarks against police. “I’m only withdrawing what I said about their family members. But my comments against police personnel are unchanged,” he said.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh while addressing a public rally in Malda today stood by Chakraborty. “He said nothing wrong. Police have been torturing the innocent residents of Daribhit village raiding there at night. Chakraborty asked the villagers not to cooperate with police to prevent tortures. Police became hyperactive to arrest him,” Ghosh said.
He also ridiculed police by referring to comments of Birbhum Trinamool Congress chief Anubrata Mandal who once called for attacking police with bombs. “The same police did not dare to arrest Anubrata Mandal but arrested BJP leader within four hours,” Ghosh said.
BJP workers protested against Chakraborty’s arrest and sat in demonstration in front of sub divisional police officer in Islampur. They also burnt effigy of education minister Partha Chatterjee during the agitation.