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Calcutta HC urges EC to delay polls in Berhampur, seeks state report on Murshidabad violence

  • Calcutta HC requests state government report on Murshidabad violence during Ram Navami 
  • Urges Election Commission to delay Berhampur elections
  • Decision comes after a petition seeking NIA probe was filed, next hearing scheduled for 26th April

23 Apr 2024

The Calcutta High Court has taken cognizance of the Murshidabad violence during Ram Navami and has requested the state government to submit a detailed report on the incident. Additionally, the court has urged the Election Commission to consider postponing elections in Berhampur.

The move comes after a petition was filed at the HC. The petition seeks an NIA investigation. The next hearing is scheduled for April 26th.

During Ram Navami celebrations, a blast occurred at a rally in Saktipur, Murshidabad district, resulting in the injury of a woman, as confirmed by the police. However, authorities have not clarified the cause of the blast. 

The very next day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said violence was "pre-planned" and accused the BJP of orchestrating it ahead of polling for the Lok Sabha elections. Meanwhile, BJP reacted saying Banerjee should be keld accountable for failing to protect Bengali Hindus.


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