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Kolkata Police demands Mamata Banerjee meme creator's identity, warns of legal action otherwise Mamata memes
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Kolkata Police demands Mamata Banerjee meme creator's identity, warns of legal action otherwise

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 May 2024, 01:03 am

Kolkata/IBNS: The Kolkata Police has taken a stern note over a meme on Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and demanded that the makers reveal their names and addresses.

"You are directed to immediately disclose your identity including name and residence. If the information sought is not revealed, you shall be liable for legal action u/s 42 CrPC," read a post from the Kolkata Police responding to the tweet.

This is not the first time the Bengal police have cracked down on tweets and memes mocking the Chief Minister.

In 2022, a 29-year-old YouTuber was arrested from Nadia district for allegedly creating memes about Mamata Banerjee.

Calling the memes "derogatory", the police said the complaint named seven other content creators.

In 2019, a BJP youth wing member was arrested for posting a morphed photo of  Banerjee on Facebook.

The crackdown on people posting social media content considered objectionable started in 2012, when a Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra was arrested for allegedly forwarding an email containing a cartoon of Banerjee.

The incident had set off a huge debate over freedom of speech and expression where political leaders are concerned.

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