Deshbandhu Acharya, father of 22-year-old Debashis Acharya, who has been arrested for slapping Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, plans to approach chief minister Mamata Banerjee with the appeal to properly investigate whether his son had been provoked to act in a violent fashion.
“My son had lost his mental balance but I am quite sure that he must have been provoked by someone. He is not the kind person to do this on his own,” Deshbandhu told HT on Tuesday.
Police sources in East Midnapore district claimed that Debashis is recovering from his injuries at the Tamluk sub-divisional hospital and is speaking to people. Several police officers spoke to him on Tuesday too to get information about whether he had links with anybody.
Meanwhile, Deshbandhu and his wife, Shibani, have come to Kolkata with the plan of meeting Mamata at her Kalighat residence on Tuesday night.
Mamata has re portedly agreed to meet the parents of Debashis. “We wanted to meet her tonight but she was busy. We have been told that she would be meeting us soon,” said Debashis’s father.
Deshbandhu did not mention any person or outfit that might have provoked his son. But his comment may fuel the state police’ and Trinamool Congress’ theory that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was behind the act, a charge that the Sangh categorically denied. East Midnapore district police, too, released an RSS functionary whom they detained on Monday to investigate whether Debashis had any links with the RSS.
While condemning the act of his son, Deshbandhu also criticised the role of the Trinamool Congress leaders present on the dais who mercilessly beat up Debashis. “My son committed a crime. But didn’t those leaders who almost lynched my son committed crimes, also?” he asked.
According to sources in the Tamluk hospital and East Midnapore district police, Debashis is still speaking incoherently whenever curious health staff and other patients’ family members are talking to him.
“Sometimes he is saying he is the spirit of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose while sometimes he is saying he wants Bengal to be free of threats from Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). He said a number of times that he wants Jamaat-free Bengal,” a source told HT on condition of anonymity.