A police complaint was filed against a college student in Kolkata today for sharing cartoons of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on his Facebook account.
"A police complaint has been filed by Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (Trinamool Congress students' wing) against Ram Nayan Choudhury for circulating cartoons indicting Chief Minister in it," officer of Bidhan Nagar (north) police station Santanu Kar said.
"We are investigating the case," Kar added.
Choudhury, who is a second year student of a college in Salt Lake area and an activist of CPI(M) students wing SFI, said the cartoon criticised Ms Banerjee's industry growth agenda and the arrest of a poor farmer after allegedly branding him as Maoist.
"It is nothing but a simple cartoon. It was for fun. The same cartoon also poked fun at Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor performance in the Pakistan series," the man said.
He claimed that he has been 'targeted' because of his political background. "I don't know why they (TMC) are so intolerant. They should not forget that this is a democracy."
Meanwhile, MP Derek O Brien tweeted saying: "A young, over enthu TMC
boy filed a general diary against cartoons he found offensive. He
obviously needs to tune up his sense of humor :)"
He later also
tweeted saying: "Internet skirmishes have to be settled on the Internet"
says student wing president of Trinamool in #bengal Good on you :)"
The incident brought back memories of the arrest of Jadavpur University chemistry professor Ambikesh Mahapatra who had circulated cartoons on Ms Banerjee and the then Railway Minister Mukul Roy last year.
The professor was released on bail following controversy and criticism from various sections of the society.
(With input from IANS)