WB Child Rights Panel Summons 2 Bajrang Dal Members Over Children In Armed Rallies

| March 27 , 2018 , 08:19 IST

The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) has summoned two Bajrang Dal members to appear before it on April 12 with regard to the participation of children in 'armed rallies' during Ram Navami celebrations on Sunday.

Chairperson of WBCPCR Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborty on Monday said that Bajrang Dal's Purulia district coordinator Suraj Sharma and Purulia additional district coordinator Gourab Singh have been asked to appear at the Commission's office on April 12.

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During Ram Navami celebrations on Sunday, around 10 children were allegedly seen carrying symbolic 'weapons' during rallies.

“The commission has summoned them on the basis of preliminary information given by the district magistrate of Purulia. We are waiting for the status report from other district administrations and will act accordingly,” Chairperson Chakraborty said.

However, Suraj Sharma, speaking to The Indian Express said that they have not received any such summons.

“We haven’t received any summons. As far as children taking part in rallies are concerned, this is completely a personal choice of the parents,” said Sharma.

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The ruling Trinamool Congress and Opposition BJP organised rallies and processions in various areas of West Bengal to celebrate the occasion of Ram Navami with the Hindu-majority population of the state.

Despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's directive to the police last week not to allow armed processions except those that had been taking place for a while, several armed processions were witnessed.

"Arms are nothing but symbols. No one carries arms in the rally to indulge in fights. I think the Trinamool government is trying to create an unnecessary controversy over the armed rallies on Ram Navami," said BJP leader Mukul Roy, who defected from TMC last year.