A former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) legislator in West Bengal was suspended from the party on Sunday for misbehaving with a woman Army officer on a train and creating public nuisance.
Prakash Minj, the former MLA from the Phansidewa constituency in Darjeeling district, was temporarily stripped of his party membership by the CPI-M.
The decision was taken at a CPI-M district committee meeting in Darjeeling where the party members concurred that Minj's behaviour was detrimental to the party's image.
Minj was arrested for misbehaving with Major Maneeta P Devgon in an air-conditioned compartment of the Kolkata-bound Darjeeling Mail. The officer was accompanied by her husband Lt Col Pankaj Devgon.
Minj was in an inebriated state on Aug 27 when he allegedly urinated on the curtains of the coach, leaving the Army officer shocked and distraught.
The couple lodged a complaint with the Malda General Rail Police (GRP) when the train arrived at Malda town station, 320 kms from Kolkata.
Though it was reported that the woman was molested by the politician, she later clarified before the media that she was never molested. "There was no molestation or physical contact at any point," she said.
West Bengal Civil Defence Minister Srikumar Mukherjee, who was also in the same compartment, tried to resist Minj and later the minister was himself instrumental in the arrest of Minj.
Minj was denied the party ticket to contest last year following a case of misconduct.