Kolkata: After his release from jail, West Bengal molecular biologist Dr Partho Sarothi Ray, who was granted bail on Tuesday by Alipore court, lashed out at the state government for ‘falsely implicating’ him in the case with an intention to ‘harass’ him.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Ray said that people in the state are living in the ‘dark days’ due to the ‘false charges’ leveled against them. “Incidents like my arrest and that of Jadavpore University professor Ambikesh Mohapatra in a cartoon case and the eviction of people at Nonadanga, show that we are living in dark days in West Bengal. I have no links with Maoists. I was put behind the bars with an intention to harass me,” Ray said adding that past 10 days were harrowing experience in jail.

He was addressing the media at the Kolkata Press Club.

"These signs are ominous. I am concerned with democracy in West Bengal," he added.

He claimed that he was charged with being at Nonadanga on April 4 when hundreds of slum-dwellers were evicted by the police though he was 70 km away on the day attending a faculty meeting of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at Kalyani in Nadia district where he is an assistant professor.

“I was taking classes when all this happened,” Ray said.

Stating that he was present on April 8 at a rally in Nonadanga from where he was picked up, he expressed sympathy for the slum dwellers. He chipped in by saying, "I felt it was my duty to go to Nonadanga. I will always be with the oppressed. What I teach my students, I practice.”

Dr Partho Sarothi Ray is an assistant professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). Ray was booked under Section 353 of IPC for obstructing government servants from performing their duty.