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Former editor arrested and released on bail after derogatory remarks on Mahatma Gandhi

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug 27: Atin Das, the former editor of a prominent Bengali daily in Assam’s Barak Valley, found himself in legal trouble after allegedly making derogatory remarks against the revered Mahatma Gandhi. Subsequently, he was arrested from his residence in Silchar, Cachar district. However, he was later released on bail, as confirmed by a police officer.

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The arrest was made following a First Information Report (FIR) filed by Congress leader Samsuddin Barlaskar at the Hailakandi Sadar Police Station. Sub-inspector Faruk Hussain, the investigating officer of the case, informed that the FIR was registered on August 18, leading to the arrest of the veteran journalist from Silchar.

The alleged offensive remarks were made during an event commemorating ‘Vibhajan Vibhishika Divas’ (Partition Horror Remembrance Day) on August 14. Atin Das was reported to have questioned Mahatma Gandhi’s role in the fight for India’s Independence and accused him of favouring a specific section of the population.

The legal action taken against him was based on various sections of the Indian Penal Code. After his arrest, Atin Das was subsequently released on a personal recognizance bond, signalling his commitment to abide by the legal proceedings. (With inputs from PTI)

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