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Trinamul arrest in abuse case

Calcutta, April 5: A Trinamul Congress leader in Howrah’s Shibpur was arrested today on the charge of abusing and shoving poll officials trying to enforce the model code of conduct on April 1.

Saurav Roy is the third Trinamul leader to be arrested in connection with the harassment of Soumen Acharya and his team when they were removing Trinamul Lok Sabha poll campaign material from a lamppost maintained by the Howrah Municipal Corporation.

Police had earlier arrested local leaders Amit Chatterjee and Bikash Roy.

Saurav, in his mid-30s, has been accused of obstructing a public servant from doing his duty, deterring him from delivering his responsibilities, and wrongful restraint. Similar charges had been brought against the two arrested earlier.

Saurav has been remanded in three days’ police custody.

Binodananda Banerjee, a Trinamul mayor-in-council member at the Howrah Municipal Corporation, denied that the officials had been abused or pushed.

Echoing minister and Howrah Trinamul president Arup Roy, Banerjee said: “Our supporters protested when one of the team members stood on a poster carrying the image of our leaders.”