BJP's Suvendu Adhikari moves Calcutta HC over attacks on Ram Navami Processions; Seeks NIA probe, deployment of Central Forces

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The Leader of Opposition has alleged that the attack upon the Ram Navami procession in Howrah was preplanned and organized and took place in presence of the police.

Bharatiya Janata Party Leader Suvendu Adhikari has moved the Calcutta High Court seeking a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the attacks witnessed against Ram Navami Processions at Howrah & Dalkhola in West Bengal. 

The Public Interest Litigation which also seeks immediate deployment of Central Forces in the violence-hit areas "for containing the situation and restoration of Law and Order situation as well as for saving innocent lives", is listed to be heard on Monday. 

In his plea, the BJP leader has called the attacks of religious processions a regular affair in the state.

"...on 30.03.2023 the Shobha Yatra for Ram Navami organized by the abovenamed organizations was proceeding peacefully from Howrah Kazipara to Howrah Maidan and when the procession reached near Chara and PM Bustee, suddenly war broke out at the instance of anti-social elements, who despite due police permission granted to the organizers to conduct the said Shobha Yatra, were prepared in a premeditated manner to attack the procession," his plea reads.

Incidents of violence and arson were reported in West Bengal's Howrah district after Ram Navami Processions were attacked during the festivities on Thursday night. Several vehicles were torched and shops were ransacked.

Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in the area. Mamata Banerjee government is being accused of failure of administration, however, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while calling the Howrah incident "very unfortunate" has said that processions were repeatedly told to not take the concerned route. 

Blaming leaders of the opposition for allegedly trying to stoke communal tension during the Ram Navami processions, the Chief Minister has reportedly admitted that it was a failure on part of the police and said that strict action will be taken in this regard.