Eight months after lodging an FIR, social activist Soma Mukherjee was arrested Wednesday for protesting outside the Writers’ Building against the gangrape and murder of a college girl at Kamduni village in North-24 Parganas district.
Soma, a member of APDR and Nari Chetana Mancha had led a delegation to the Writers on June 10, last yaer, a day after the victim was found raped and murdered.
The delegation wanted to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and wanted to submit a deputation, but were stopped outside the secretariat building by police.
The FIR was lodged with the Hare Street police station on June 10 against 15 women activists who were demonstrating outside the Writers’. However, the women activists including Soma were not aware of the FIR until police submitted a chargesheet on January 3 against eight activists including Soma Mukherjee, Saswati Ghosh, Bolan Ganguly, Krishna Bandypadhyay, Soma Mukherjee, Joyeeta Das, Rupasree Sarkar, Anuradha Talwar and Rangta Munshi.
Mukherjee was picked from her residence at 10 am today. “A team of police personnel came to my residence and asked me to go with them. I refused to comply and hence they arrested me. I along with others thought of surrendering before the court and appeal for bail on February 21. I was never informed that a case was lodged. I came to know abut the case after police submitted the chargesheet stating I was absconding.”
Mukherjee was later granted bail. “Police slapped charges of inciting violence against us while we were maintaining a peaceful demonstration. This is a planned conspiracy against the women activists in the state. We will fight it legally,” she added.