Farmer dubbed Maoist by Mamata given bail by court

A farmer, dubbed a Maoist by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after he questioned her at a rally earlier this month at Belpahari in West Midnapore district, was on Friday given bail by a local court.

The district sessions court granted the farmer, Siladitya Chowdhury, in judicial custody for 14 days in Jhargram after being charged under five sections of the IPC, unconditional bail on furnishing a P.R. bond, his lawyer said.

On August 13, his bail petition was denied by a local court in Jhargram.

Chowdhury had allegedly said at the Chief Minister's rally on August 8 that farmers were dying and sought to know what steps her government was taking since 'empty promises were not enough'.

An annoyed Chief Minister had dubbed the man a Maoist and directed the police to arrest him.

The police detained Chowdhury, a resident of Noawa village under Binpur police station, but later let him go after questioning.

He was arrested on August 10 night from his house. The police charged him under IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant in discharge of duty), 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant in discharging public duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging duty), 447 (criminal trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

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