New Delhi: Souradeep Sengupta, a guest lecturer at prestigious Gurucharan College in Assam’s Silchar was arrested and remanded to four days’ judicial custody after students from the institute lodged complaint against him for allegedly posting derogatory comments against PM Modi and the BJP on Facebook. He was taken into custody from his residence in the Itkhola area. Also Read - Centre Mulls Extending Nationwide Lockdown as COVID-19 Cases Near 5000-mark With 124 Deaths | Top Developments
Notably, Sengupta, in wake of Delhi violence had allegedly made inflammatory comments against the Hindu community in his Facebook post, which he later deleted. He also issued an apology for hurting any religious sentiments Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to World Leaders, Discusses Ways to Curb COVID-19 Pandemic
“I apologise for any religious sentiments I may have hurt by my posts. I made some irresponsible comments about a communally sensitive issue. It was a lapse of judgement. My intention was not to insult any religion at large,” he posted on late Thursday night. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
Demanding Sengupta’s immediate termination, students of the college held a demonstration on the campus. His family, on the other hand, alleged that he was “intentionally targeted” by a group of students who forcibly entered the house hurling abuses.
He has been charged under Sections 323 and 295 A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups and criminal intimidation), among others.