WB Ram Navami Violence case: SC dismisses Bengal’s plea against NIA probe

The Supreme Court of India has dismissed West Bengal’s petition against a probe by NIA into the Ram Navami violence cases.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has dismissed West Bengal’s petition to undo the Calcutta High Court’s order for a probe by the anti-terror agency NIA into the Ram Navami violence cases.

The Supreme Court said it “won’t entertain” Bengal’s plea against the handing over of the Ram Navami violence cases to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“We are not inclined to entertain the Special Leave Petition (SLP),” a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra stated.

On June 27, the Calcutta high court on Thursday ordered a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the communal violence in Howrah, Hooghly and Dalkhola during Ram Navami this year.

The High Court passed the order while hearing a plea filed by Leader of Opposition and BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari after the incidents of violence Hooghly were reported in Howrah’s Shibpur and Rishra during Ram Navami processions.

It is pertinent to note here that on March 30 afternoon, there were clashes at Shibpur area in Howrah district over a Ram Navami procession, which continued and extended to the adjacent Kazipara area in the same district on March 31. On March 30, reports of clashes over Ram Navami procession also came from Dalkhola in North Dinajpur district in north Bengal.

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