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West Bengal leader Banerjee's nephew held over 'police slap'

File photo of Mamata Banerjee
Image caption Mamata Banerjee was elected the first female chief minister of West Bengal last May

A nephew of the chief minister of West Bengal state, Mamata Banerjee, has been arrested in Calcutta for allegedly slapping a traffic policeman.

Reports said Akash Banerjee's car was stopped in the Kidderpore area for driving in the wrong direction.

Mr Banerjee and two other people in the car then allegedly abused and assaulted the traffic policeman.

Police initially let him go but later arrested him and charged him on Ms Banerjee's orders.

Ms Banerjee intervened after seeing reports about the incident in the local media.

Witnesses said that when Mr Banerjee was stopped by the policeman, he asked: "Do you know who I am?"

Reports said police let him and his companions off once they found out he was related to the chief minister.

Ms Banerjee was elected the first female chief minister of West Bengal state last May.

Her Trinamool Congress (TMC) party routed the communists, who had been in power since 1977.

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