Deviating from his party line to drag Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to a controversy, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhdeb Bhattacharjee said on Wednesday that he was against arresting the Opposition leader.
CPM’s North 24 Parganas district secretariat member Amitava Nandi had lodged a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner S Y Khureshi on last Tuesday about the discrimination in executing an arrest warrant against the Opposition leader in a 17-year-old case.
“There is no question of arresting or harassing her,” Buddhadeb said at a media conference at Allimuddin Street, the CPM state committee office, on Wednesday.
In 1994 when Mamata Banerjee, who was then the state Youth Congress leader, had led a demonstration before District Magistrate of Barasat when a scuffling ensued between the police and the Congress supporters.
The police had lodged a case of attempt to murder against her. The chargesheet was filed later and labelled Mamata Banerjee as an absconder. Later the court had issued a warrant of arrest in 2005.
Since then the police did not take any action to execute the arrest warrant. The CPM North 24 Parganas district committee had lodged the complaint with Kurshi after the police arrested a powerful CPM leader of district Majid Master - allegedly involved in a murder case -- last week following the pressure of the Election Commission. “Why didn’t Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s police arrest Mamata Banerjee? They should arrest her if they have the guts,” Partha Chatterjee, leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly said.