Tripura: Court grants bail to 7 accused of destroying newspaper copies
The Udaipur judicial magistrate court granted bail to seven accused persons arrested in connection with the case of destroying around 6,000 copies of ‘Pratibadi Kalam’ a local vernacular newspaper.
“All seven of them were produced in front of the judicial magistrate first class which granted them bail after hearing since all the Sections were bailable,” said Tuhin Marak, additional public prosecutor told EastMojo.
He also said that the accused persons were booked under section 341, 427, 35 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police had sought their judicial custody till the end of the investigation.
Speaking with reporters, Rajib Debnath, officer-in-charge of Radhakishorepur police station said that acting on a tip-off seven persons were arrested on Saturday midnight.
“We had arrested the accused persons including Raju Majumder, Subal Majumder, Bimal Deb, Swapan Majumder, Titan Saha and Sishu Miah for destroying newspapers copies. They have been charged with wrongful confinement, destruction of property and common intention. They have been produced in front of the court”, Debnath said.
Earlier on Saturday, Anal Roy Choudhury, editor of Pratibadi Kalam newspaper said that the attack over the distribution of newspaper was instigated following the series of report of Rs 150 crore alleged scam published in the last three days involving the agriculture minister and some of the political leaders with it.
He also said that the accused persons were booked under section 341, 427, 35 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police sought their judicial custody till the end of the investigation.
The passenger buses en-route to Sabroom in the southern part of Tripura was stopped in Udaipur bus stand of Gomati district and the Saturday publication of the newspaper was snatched by a group of miscreants. A few of the copies were set on fire.
A series of news reports was published on an alleged scam of Rs 150 crore in the Agriculture department involving the agriculture minister Pranajit Singha Roy’s name along with some other leaders.