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CBI: Registered Several First Information Reports filed under sexual offences in the Bengal Poll Violence

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: January 05, 2022 at 18:45 IST

Central Bureau of Investigation registered several First Information Reports (FIRs) in regards with sexual offences that had allegedly taken place during the mob violence that occurred post the Bengal Poll Elections in 2021.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has from July, 2021 received twenty-nine cases in relation to the offences that occurred in the post-Poll violence in Bengal, filed by the National Human Rights Commission.

The Central Bureau of Investigation was directed by the Calcutta High Court on August 19, 2021 to investigate the matters related to offences against women and other offences pertaining to murders of people in the violence that had erupted after the results of the Bengal Poll Elections were announced.

The Spokesperson for Central Bureau of Investigation on January 4, 2022 stated, “It is clarified that CBI had received 29 number of complaints of sexual offences from NHRC till December 22, 2021, …Out of these, two cases have been decided by the CBI for handing over to State SIT on the grounds of nature of offences, in line with the mandate given in the orders of the Calcutta High Court.”

The Spokesperson R C Joshi also submitted that even though seven of the First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered on the basis of the complaints filed by the National Human Rights Commission, the other First Information Reports are still under investigation by the Agency.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had arrested three people before September 3, 2021 pertaining to the cases filed under sexual offences against women during the Bengal Poll Violence.