This was one incident that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee knew was not a CPM conspiracy. On Wednesday, her 28-year-old nephew Akash allegedly manhandled a police officer, Subir Roy, who had flagged down his car after it jumped a traffic signal in Khidderpore.
The police let Akash off once his identity was known. But the roadside ruckus was picked up by TV channels and following pressure from the Congress, Banerjee's office gave orders for his arrest. Akash was booked under a non-bailable section and would be produced in court on Thursday.
Banerjee, who was on way to Darjeeling, didn't comment, but state urban development minister Firhad Hakim said: "Such incidents happen all the time but don't result in arrests. She (Banerjee) has demonstrated that even if the accused is a close relative, he cannot avoid the law."
Banerjee has been in controversies of late for labelling the Park Street and Burdwan rape cases as "conspiracies" to malign her government.