West Bengal: NIA officials booked for molestation charges by district police

It was few hours after the NIA officials who went to probe a bomb blast case in 2022 in Kolkata’s Medinipur district filed an FIR claiming that they were attacked by the villagers, West Bengal’s East Medinipur police booked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials under charges of molestation on April 6.

The controversy took place when the anti-terror probe agency had come to pick Manobrata Jana and Balai Maity in connection with the blast which had ripped apart a house in Bhupatinagar on 3 December 2022, and killed three people. Sources said that Jana and Maity were the two key conspirators related to the blast case. However, it was just a few hours after their arrest that Jana’s family members lodged a complaint that the NIA officials molested women. Both are workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). The FIR was registered against NIA officials under sections 354 (molestation) and 441 (trespassing) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), (Indian Express reports)

While on the other hand, it was the NIA which claimed that villagers pelted stones on their vehicles and were not ready to allow them to arrest the key conspirators behind the bomb blast. The villagers protested by sitting over the team’ s vehicles and allegedly attacked the team. “Manobrata Jana, and the other arrested accused, identified as Balai Charan Maity, were found to have conspired to manufacture and explode crude bombs to spread terror,” agency said in a statement.

“The duo, Balai Charan Maity and Manobrata Jana, were arrested after extensive searches at five locations, including the house of Jana, where a crowd of local residents tried to obstruct the NIA team,” the NIA said.

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