Responding to the developments Bhattacharya’s wife Shoma Sen who works in the English department of Nagpur University said that the arrest of her husband is illegal and shocking. Speaking to the media, Shoma said, “Bhattacharya and has been pursuing freelance writing and other hobbies and stays away from party "activism". She also raised the question on the timing of the Gujarat police. According to his wife, he had gone to Kolkata to visit his sister, not for any undercover mission.
Criticizing the action of Gujarat police Shoma said, "The 2011 case against my husband was for promoting Naxal ideology, but the charges against him were vague in nature. All co-accused, in that case, is on bail. Why is he arrested all of sudden after so many years?" According to police officials. Shoma Sen and Bhattacharya were staunch supporters of Naxalite think tank and former Delhi professor GN Saibaba and were actively fighting for his release.
Earlier, Tusharkranti Bhattacharya was arrested from Patna in 2007 by Special Task Force with a large number of arms and ammunitions. He was found with a lot of explosives and other dangerous equipment. Bhattacharya was the in-charge of the Northern region of CPI (M). In 1976, he was behind the bars for violent activities at Tappalapur village in Andhra Pradesh.