CPI(M) West Bengal state secretary Mohammed Salim alleged that the local administration and police were being misused in Sandeshkhali by the ruling TMC.
He claimed that instead of arresting the real culprits accused of perpetrating atrocities on the villagers, innocent people were being arrested.
Speaking to reporters at the party headquarters here, Salim alleged that Sardar, who was the CPI(M)’s Sandeshkhali MLA from 2011 to 2016, was implicated on the basis of a trumped up complaint by a local leader of the ruling party.
CPI(M) and its youth and student activists held protests outside Bansdroni police station against the detention.
The former MLA was picked up from his home near Tollygunje here and taken to Bansdroni police station from where he was shifted to Basirhat PS in the evening, officials said.
“We want unconditional release of Nirapada Sardar and others arrested in connection with the protests,” Salim said.
Salim said the party’s women leaders were stopped from going to Sandeshkhali on Sunday to prevent them from meeting the affected persons there, claiming that democratic rights of people were being throttled.