TMC Leader Saayoni Ghosh Arrested on Attempt to Murder Charges by Tripura Police

"I have been charged for attempt to murder for saying khela hobe," Ghosh said.
Tripura Police on Sunday, 21 November, arrested actor and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Youth President Saayoni Ghosh on charges of promoting enmity between people, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, and criminal conspiracy.
A First Information Report (FIR) was also registered against Ghosh, who was in the state to campaign for the upcoming state elections. On Saturday, 20 November, Ghosh had allegedly disturbed a municipal poll rally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and state Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb at Ashram Chowmuhani area.
“I have been charged with attempt to murder for saying khela hobe,” Ghosh said.
Meanwhile, Ramesh Yadav, the Sub Divisional Police Officer, Sadar, said both BJP and TMC have been denied permissions to hold rallies in Agartala on Monday, 22 November, in view of the escalating tension in the city, reported ANI.
“No permission for roadshow/rally either for BJP or TMC in Agartala today. Permission for street corner meets granted to both. TMC hasn’t intimated to us the time when they’re going to organise the street corner meet,” he said.
On Sunday, West Tripura Additional SP Jagadish Reddy, while addressing the media, had said:
“We received a complaint against her and summoned her for interrogation. After recording the statement of witnesses, we found evidence that she had involvement in connection with the case registered under Sections 153, 153A, 307 and 120B of the IPC. So, we have arrested her. We shall produce her before the court tomorrow,” reported the The Indian Express.
According to East Mojo, based on a complaint of a BJP worker the police visited the hotel where Ghosh was staying on 20 November and told her to report to the police station for questioning. When other party workers arrived at the station they found out that Ghosh had been arrested.
The police official added that the police was also trying to arrest the four people who were in the car along with Ghosh. The police confirmed that Ghosh was not driving the vehicle but did not clarify “how she attempted to murder someone or whom she tried to kill,” reported the daily.
Her TMC colleagues, however, said that Ghosh was “being framed in a false case as part of a premeditated conspiracy,” reported the daily.
“This is a baseless allegation. Saayoni is a known face. Spotting her in a car, someone said ‘didi, khela hobe’ (Sister, game is on). She said ‘haan, khela hobe’. This can’t be the ground for a case and arrest. She was arrested in an ugly way and now the police aren’t producing her in court. So, we can’t move for bail,” West Bengal TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh said.
“This entire case is concocted. We shall legally fight it. We are with Saayoni. She is a brave girl,” Deb said.
EastMojo quoted BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya as saying, “Our karyakartas did not attack anyone from TMC ever, because we do not consider them as a political opponent to reckon with. But, I would like to remind them that they should be careful about using their words, which are unbecoming.”
The case will be heard in court on 22 November. Abhishek Banerjee, along with 15 other TMC MLAs, have decided to sit on a dharna against her arrest.
(With inputs from The Indian Express and East Mojo.)
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