Media sees only negative: Mamata

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 09:45 hrs

Kolkata, Apr 17 (IBNS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has blasted the media for showing her government in 'poor light'.

"You people see only can´t see anything positive or else you would have noticed that the government´s performance is 100 out of 100," Banerjee told reporters at state secretariat Writers´ Building in Kolkata.

Banerjee accused the media of ´distorting´ the image of her government.

"There is a limit to everything. Media has its right to freedom. But that does not mean you can impose your views on others just because you have a pen in your hand," Banerjee said.

Banerjee´s government is under criticisms by certain sections of the media for deciding to go ahead with its decision to keep out the the largest circulated dailies from West Bengal, which apparently are critical of her regime, from the state libraries, sparking angry reactions from the intelligentsia and political groups.

The Trinamool Congress supremo was also criticized for transferring a top cop who backed a rape victim.

Kolkata´s Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Damayanti Sen, who reportedly earned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee´s anger for backing the Park Street rape victim, was transferred from her position on Apr 4.

Sen was transferred as the Deputy Inspector General (Training) of a police training school in Barrackpore on the city´s outskirts.

The latest to draw a controversy, was a spoof on Banerjee that led to the arrest of a Jadavpur University professor.

The West Bengal Police on Saturday said they will scrutiny social networking sites, especially Facebook, for anti-Mamata contents.

According to the police, they are already probing a defamation complaint for ´maligning´ image of Banerjee against Facebook and other social sites.

"We are tracking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from where such posts are being made," said a senior police official on Saturday.

A Jadavpur University professor in Kolkata was assaulted and got arrested for sending out caricatured works of Banerjee and posting them on a social networking site, triggering an outrage against the ruling Trinamool Congress even though the teacher was released on bail on Friday.

Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, who was was arrested early Friday for sending out e-mails with a cartoon of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that is a spoof on characters of the iconic Satyajit Ray detective film of 1974 Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress), was released on bail later in the day.

He was also allegedly beaten up by Trinamool Congress supporters before his arrest, reports said.

Mahapatra´s neighbour Subrata Sengupta, who was also arrested for the same reason, was released on bail too.

Chemistry professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta were arrested Friday morning from Garia area in Kolkata for projecting Banerjee, former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and Railway Minister Mukul Roy in "a poor light in the cartoon", thereby violating sections of the IT Act which entails using computer to do offence.

Charges of eve-teasing (Section 509 of the IPC), defamation (Section 500 of the IPC, humiliating a woman (Section 114 of the IPC and Section 66 A (b) were also slapped.

The ´controversial´ cartoon is a caricature of filmmaker Satyajit Ray´s thriller Sonar Kella. It has been doing rounds on the internet after the Trinamool Congress supremo forced Trivedi to resign from his post over his Rail Budget.

Mahapatra uploaded the cartoon on his Facebook account, besides sending it to 65 people via e-mail, reports said.

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