NIA to probe Ram Navami violence in West Bengal, Calcutta High Court orders on Subhendu Adhikari’s plea
The Fact India: The Calcutta High Court has ordered an NIA probe into the violence during Ram Navami in West Bengal. The Calcutta High Court has directed the Bengal Police to hand over all documents related to the Ramnavati violence investigation to the NIA. BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition Subhendu Adhikari had filed a petition in the High Court demanding an NIA probe into the violence on Ram Navami in the state.
In a PIL, Suvendu Adhikari sought an NIA probe into the violence, alleging that bomb blasts had also taken place in several areas. The court directed the state police to transfer all records and CCTV footage related to the case to the central government within two weeks. The Center was then directed to send the documents to the NIA. The Bench of the Acting Chief Justice has ordered the State Police to hand over all necessary documents related to the investigation, FIR and CCTV footage to the NIA within 2 weeks. In fact, BJP MLA Shubhendu Adhikari had filed a PIL demanding an NIA probe into the Ram Navami violence in West Bengal.
Clashes took place on March 30 during a Ram Navami procession in Howrah, North Dinajpur, Islampur in West Bengal. A young man had died in this. In the subsequent days, apart from Howrah and Risda, there were violent incidents during the Shobha Yatra at many places. Security personnel had to fire tear gas shells to pacify and disperse the crowd.
There was a lot of political ruckus regarding this matter. Both the TMC and the BJP accused each other of abetting the violence. Workers clashed with each other at many places. The Governor of West Bengal also had to show pro-activeness in this matter. The Calcutta High Court has taken a tough stand on the violence that took place in different districts of West Bengal on Ram Navami. The court has now handed over the investigation of incidents of violence in different cities including Howrah and Dalkola to the anti-terror agency NIA.