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Newsmen Bureau

Diamond Harbour / Malda, 15 September: ARRESTED Trinamool Congress Diamond Harbour MLA Deepak Halder was released on a personal bond on Tuesday after police produced him before a local court.

Halder was arrested on Monday after he actively participated in a clash between two factions of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad at Fakir Chand College in Diamond Harbour. He was seen getting into a verbal dual and threatening the police officers who had gone to the college campus to contain the vandalism.

Despite this, the ruling party MLA today easily walked out on a bail as the police had booked him under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code. On being released, he told media persons that his rival faction in the party was trying to implicate him on false charges.

“They are doing so to show me in a bad light to the party’s central leadership so that I am not given a ticket to contest the Assembly polls next year.”

The MLA got bail on a day the 12 retrenched civic police volunteers whom the police had arrested in Malda on Monday for taking part in an agitation demanding reinstatement in service, were sent to 14 days judicial custody until 29 September.

They have been booked under several non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code that includes charges of rioting, disrupting public order and assaulting on-duty policemen.

Police had yesterday carried out a massive lathi charge on the agitating retrenched civic police volunteers who had assembled at the ITI college ground in Malda town and marched towards the SP office to serve a memorandum, despite the police having denied them permission for the rally.

Malda North Congress MP Mausam Benzir Noor on Tuesday called on the Malda district magistrate and demanded a thorough probe into the police lathi charge.

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