Kolkata: Amid controversy surrounding the arrest of Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra last week for allegedly posting cartoons of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Railway Minsiter Mukul Roy and former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on internet, Trinamool Congress on Monday dismissed reports that it was going to set up a system to monitor social media.

“We never considered about monitoring social media. These are sheer rumours spread by those with other agendas. TMC has no cell to keep a vigil on social media,” said TMC MP Derek O'Brien.

However, state Industry Minister, Partha Chatterjee has a different take on this matter.

“There should be a solid mechanism to zero in on those who misuse internet. Government should identify those people and expose them to strict punishment,” said Chatterjee.

On the other hand, participating as a representative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Chief Ministers’ conference in New Delhi on NCTC issue, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra red the speech of Banerjee in which she raised her concerns about social media and demanded stringent action against cyber crime.

Earlier, Jadavpur University professor was arrested on Friday morning for allegedly spreading derogatory messages and cartoons of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the internet.

He was charged with offences under cyber crime.

The action of Mamata Banerjee has been drawing flak from the opposition and a section of academia for attacking freedom of speech and expression.


JPN/Bureau