Calcutta High Court Directs NIA to Report on Murshidabad Violence During Ram Navami

In a significant development, the Calcutta High Court has instructed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a report concerning the violent incidents that occurred in Murshidabad district during Ram Navami. The directive was issued during a hearing on Friday, led by the division bench of Chief Justice T.S Shivagnanam and Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharya.

The court has taken serious note of the events on April 13 and April 17, where clashes involving the use of bombs and other weapons led to several injuries. These incidents were specifically reported in the areas of Beldanga and Shaktipur by the Superintendent of Police of Murshidabad in his submissions to the court.

Additionally, the court has expressed its concern over whether these cases should be transferred to a central agency for further investigation. This query arises amidst reports of significant unrest and the potential involvement of organized crime elements in the incidents.

During the hearing, the Additional Solicitor General Ashok Kumar Chakravarty, representing the central government, brought up grave allegations that necessitated a response from the NIA. The court has scheduled the next hearing for May 10, by which time the NIA is expected to have submitted its detailed report on the situation.

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Prior to this directive, the court had expressed dissatisfaction with the ongoing violence during the election code of conduct. It hinted at the possibility of postponing elections in the Baharampur constituency if the clashes continued, emphasizing the detrimental impact of electoral politics on community harmony.

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