Agartala: Actor-turned-TMC leader Saayoni Ghosh, who was arrested on charges of criminal intimidation and attempt to murder, was on Monday granted bail by the court of additional chief judicial magistrate in West Tripura district.

Ghosh was held after she raised TMC’s ‘khela hobe’ slogan to allegedly disrupt a street-corner meeting being held by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb.

Some people accompanying her had apparently hurled stones at those attending the meeting, police sources here said.

The Trinamool Youth Congress president was produced before the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate in West Tripura district, which granted her bail.

The court also asked her to furnish a bail bond of Rs 20,000.

The lawyer representing Ghosh at the Agartala court, Shankar Lodh, said, “The bail has been granted in lieu of the surety bond of Rs 20,000. The court came to a conclusion that there was no evidence against her on what exactly happened. The Sections 153 and 153(A) were non-bailable ones but they did not find any evidence in these sections.”

Earlier on Monday, speaking with reporters upon his arrival in Agartala, TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee said the “jungle raj in Tripura has reached the final stage” and that there is nothing left to say about law and order now.

Commenting on the arrest of TMC leader Saayoni Ghosh on Sunday, the TMC general secretary said, “After entering the police station, the BJP-affiliated thugs attacked and fought in front of the police. The situation has reached such a stage that the police, journalists and doctors are all being attacked.”

Banerjee said he was the one who asked Saayoni Ghosh to say the slogan (Khela Hobe)
over which she has been arrested. “However, the police are not arresting those who carried out the attack. That proves that anarchy has increased indefinitely in the state,” he said.

Ghosh, the youth wing secretary of TMC in West Bengal, was arrested on Sunday after being called in for questioning at a police station in Agartala.

Hitting out at the administration in Tripura over Ghosh’s arrest, Banerjee said the TMC youth leader was held on charges of criminal intimidation and attempt to murder, but it was “unclear who did she try to intimidate or kill”.

“Biplab Deb is so scared that he tried to falsely implicate a woman. The police could not give a reply when asked who Saayoni attempted to intimidate or kill,” he quipped.

“You are chanting the slogan – ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ – and then attacking our women candidates. There is a deliberate attempt to throttle the voice of opposition parties,” he stated.

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