Uproar on Ram Navami in Bengal, NIA to investigate violence, SC refuses to stay Calcutta HC order, petition dismissed

By Priyanka Tiwari July 24, 2023 4:59 PM IST


FIRs were lodged in 6 different police stations of West Bengal
On March 30, there was a ruckus on the Shobha Yatra and procession on Ram Navami
Violent clashes took place at Rishra in Hooghly, Shibpur in Howrah and Dalkhola in South Dinajpur.

New Delhi. Violent clashes took place between two groups during the processions and Shobha Yatra taken out on the day of Ram Navami in Howrah, West Bengal. Violence and clashes also took place at many other places under police stations of different districts of West Bengal, in which a large number of people were also injured. While hearing the cases related to Ram Navami violence, the Calcutta High Court had ordered to hand over the responsibility of its investigation to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). When the NIA started investigation by registering 6 FIRs, the West Bengal government had reached the Supreme Court against the NIA investigation. On which, while hearing on Monday, the apex court has rejected this petition.

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The state government has received a severe blow from the Supreme Court in the case of the High Court handing over the investigation of cases related to Ram Navami violence to the NIA. After dismissing the petition filed against the NIA in the Supreme Court, it is now clear that the investigation of the case will be done by the NIA itself. The Supreme Court has also refused to interfere in the order of the Calcutta High Court. Let us inform that between March 30 and April 3, 6 FIRs were registered in total 4 police stations.

In the bench headed by CJI, SG Tushar Mehta, on behalf of the NIA, said that it was said by you that whether the 6 FIRs registered in this case are related to the Ram Navami incident or not, we have investigated it. The first FIR (FIR) which has been registered in Howrah mentions the use of things like explosives. Even after the decision of the Calcutta High Court, the state government has still not provided the documents to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Advocate Gopal Shankar Narayan, on behalf of the Bengal government, said that this allegation is unfortunate that we are protecting someone. The accused arrested by the state government belong to every community. The CJI said that can it be denied that there is an allegation of use of explosives?

The counsel for the Bengal government said that the court should see that if it was an explosive, how many people were injured by it. Actually they were smog bombs. It is unfortunate not to trust the investigation of state officials.

The counsel for the Bengal government said that during the Ram Navami procession, 6 incidents took place in 4 days. The High Court had ordered an inquiry into an FIR. But the NIA said in its notification to investigate a total of 6 FIRs. In fact, the West Bengal government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Calcutta High Court to hand over the investigation of violence during Ram Navami to the NIA.

Tags: NIA, Ram Navami clash, supreme court, VHP, west bengal