Weapon Rally: Dilip Ghosh Moves Court Against State

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Balurghat: Dilip Ghosh is going to file a case against the ban of public display on weapon.
The Kolkata Police has come out with a notification banning public display of weapons in the city for the whole of 2018.

Dilip Ghosh was in Balurghat for a mass rally, and he claimed that govt is in pressure and scared against the rally which was organized during RamNavami. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh dared the state on Saturday to prevent Hindu religious organisations from taking out processions with tridents and swords during Ram Navami on April 5. Ghosh, an MLA from Kharagpur, announced that he will lead the Ram Navami rally with tridents and swords and is ready to court arrest.

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And an FIR was registered against West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh for leading the rally with swords on the occasion of Ram Navami in Kharagpur . In April, just ahead of Ram Navami, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had directed police to take stern steps against brandishing of weapons at religious processions.

Ban of weapon in public – the order is effective from January 2. The December 20 notification “prohibit(s) any person from carrying swords, spears, bludgeons, or otherwise offensive weapons in any public place… for the preservation of the public and public safety”.

The notification specifies certain exemptions, but religious processions are curiously not among them. Since April, the Mamata Banerjee government has been embroiled in a bitter war of words with pro-Hindutva groups over its “selective targeting” of processions that involve public display of weapons. “These are statutory orders issued from time to time,” a senior police officer said on Friday.

Earlier this year, the display of offensive weapons at religious rallies had prompted the police to register FIRs under various non-bailable IPC sections, like 144 (joining unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapon), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race) and the 25 (1A) of the Arms Act.

But in the absence of a notification, the police action followed only after the “display of weapons” was carried out. The notification would now allow the cops to take pre-emptive actions like cancellation of permission to take out a procession.

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