Cartoon Row II: Prof files complaint
A week after the Mamata cartoon row, another has erupted. Unlike last time, this time a professor of a medical college has filed a complaint against a person for “circulating a cartoon that denigrates Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee”.
Dr Bickram Saha, Associate Professor of Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, in his complaint to the local police, alleged that one Pallab Maitra has tagged him a cartoon on Facebook, a social networking site, in which Banerjee’s head is shown missing with the comment “Our CM has lost her head”.The Facebook message portrays a headless picture of a woman holding a mirror with the word “vanish” written on it.Superintendent of Police (West Midnapore) Sunil Kumar Chakraborty admitted that they had received a complaint but added they were uncertain whether the cartoon that was send to him represents the chief minister or not. The complaint has been forwarded to the CID for further investigation.Senior doctors of Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, however, added that after receiving the message on Facebook, Saha was petrified as he feared that he too would be arrested like JU professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, and could be charged for keeping the cartoon in his Facebook account. Fearing such retribution, he complained to the police.Meanwhile, a slew of messages have been posted on the comment section of the Facebook post featuring the cartoon. A comment reads: “Mamta’s mathata vanish hoey kar ghare porbe” (Mamta’s head has vanished but where will it fall (sic)).Pallab Maitra, who posted the cartoon, claimed that his account was suspended after he had posted the “headless” cartoon. And then he goes on to write:“Onek koste block khullam, but kno photo upload karte dechena. Ami to sarasori kauke akraman korini . Talei voii.. Satti Mamata Debi Apnar Sobuj Santras er hath theke rehaei hobe.. Evabe ki mukh bandha kora jayee... (After much difficulty I have been able to lift the block, but still not being allowed to upload photos. I have not directly attacked anyone.. So why the fear.. Truly, Mamata Debi when shall we get rid of green terror. Is it the way to shut the mouth..,)