Court grants bail to man branded 'Maoist' by Mamata

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Kolkata, Aug 24: A district court in West Bengal granted bail to Shiladitya Chowdhury, a marginal farmer, who was arrested earlier this month for questioning Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about her government's policies towards farmers' uplift.

The court in West Midnapore district granted bail to Chowdhury on a personal bond of Rs 1,000, said his counsel Thirthankar Dhapat, adding that the court deemed it fit to grant a bail to Chowdhury even though he was charged with several non-bailable offence.

Chowdhury was arrested on Aug 11 on charges of disrupting public rally, intruding into a high-security zone and assaulting policemen. Chowdhury had told the Chief Minister while she was addressing a rally in the Maoist-hit Belpahari area on Aug 8 that farmers were suffering under poverty and empty promises did not serve any purpose. A stunned Banerjee immediately termed the man as a 'Maoist' and he was subsequently detained and interrogated by the police. Chowdhury was let off that day but was arrested a few days later.

The state human rights commission ordered a probe into the case.

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