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Wednesday , March 16 , 2011
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Freedom for Karim

Islampur, March 15: After spending six nights sleeping on a mattress on the floor amid the buzz of swarms of mosquitoes, Chowdhury Abdul Karim was today released from prison after obtaining bail on a bond of Rs 300.

On Wednesday, Karim, who was the MLA of Islampur for eight times, had turned up in the court with his supporters and surrendered in connection with a rail roko under the banner of the Trinamul Congress at Aluabari Road on February 15, 2009. He was demanding stops of long-distance trains at Aluabari Road station.

The Railway Protection Force charged Karim and six others under the Railway Act for holding up trains, including the Guwahati-Delhi Rajdhani Express, and causing harassment to passengers.

Although the other accused applied for bail soon after the charges had been framed, Karim was at large and the court issued an arrest warrant against him in the first week of December. However, when the former MLA surrendered before the court, he refused to apply for bail and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

Although his lawyers filed for bail the next day, the additional chief judicial magistrate, Manoj Kumar Rai, rejected the plea.

However, the court today observed that the “accused” was a senior citizen and had given himself up. The court granted bail to the Ex-MLA as he had already “suffered custody” for seven days.

After coming out of the jail around 5pm, Karim was garlanded by supporters. The Trinamul leader said his stint behind the bars would be a memorable one. “Especially for the mosquitoes with their sting. I slept like others on the floor. I spent these past six days, chatting with other inmates. I also read books. But I missed my home as well as the adda at the party office,” said the 72-year-old leader.

Asked if he would be a candidate in Islampur this time, Karim said it was for the party to decide.

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