A case has been registered against Trinamool Congress MLA Ananta Deb Adhikari for allegedly slapping Somnath Chakraborty, a journalist of a Bengali newspaper in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, for publishing anti-government news.
Talking about the incident, Chakraborty said, "The incident happened at Jalpesh in Mayanaguri on Monday, where while addressing an event, the MLA said that although Jalpesh Fair takes place every year, the organizers don't bother to involve him in the decision-making. Later I asked one of the organizers who rejected the allegation.”
The incident has also enraged journalists and they staged a protest condemning the incident. Reacting to the incident, the Bengal BJP unit slammed the ruling TMC government in the state and remarked that even journalists are not 'spared from the tyranny of TMC'.
Meanwhile, the MLA has refuted all the allegations but didn’t miss the chance to say, “I have not slapped him. If you see his work, he always reports on unimportant stories. You were also present. What I had said and what has he reported? The language he used will make anyone angry,"