New Delhi: The four people arrested for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' at Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee have found support from unexpected quarters. The Meghalaya Governor while expressing solidarity with this bizarre arrest of BJP supporters has recounted a take of his own ordeal when he was arrested and had to spend a night in judicial custody for a speech "the local MLA didn't like".

He is not the only one but many expressed their disbelief and disgust at this move that has widely been perceived as misuse of state power. 

What prompted the arrest?

The Bengal chief minister lost her cool after hearing the 'Jai Shri Ram' chant in Bengal a few days ago, the second time in a month, as reported by MyNation.

Banerjee not only got down from her vehicle and threatened the people but also instructed police officials to find the offenders by checking every house. Their crime? A bunch of onlookers and possible BJP supporters shouting 'Jai Shri Ram'. 

However, Banerjee had alleged that her car was attacked and she was abused as well. She was also seen shouting, "You are at our pittance. Yet you have the audacity to create ruckus? You are alive because of us."

The arrests came after she ordered police officials to go door to door and arrest the offenders.

Not the first time

Though this incident came to light from Bhatpara area of Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, this was not the first time Mamata was irked by 'Jai Shri Ram' chants.  Earlier while on her way to Chandrakona, during the Lok Sabha election, she objected to similar chants which gave the BJP an opportunity to portray her as 'anti-Hindu'. 

In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his rallies in Bengal dared Banerjee by saying, "Didi has thrown people in jail for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'. I thought of saying Jai Shri Ram here today so that she can throw me inside jail too. That way, the people of Bengal might be protected from the wrath of the TMC regime".