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CBI Probe in Post Poll Violence in West Bengal Recommended by NHRC, Trial Advised Outside the State

NHRC recommends CBI probe in post election violence in West Bengal…get the details

Friday, 16th July 2021

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has adopted a stern hand against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in connection with the post poll violence in the state and have even recommended a CBI investigation into some of the “grievous” crimes committed including murder and rape.

According to allegations levied on the government, the post poll violence had affected nearly three thousand people in the state of West Bengal.

The NHRC said, “To compound the problem, violence and intimidation has continued. There is palpable fear among victims against police and goons of ruling party. Many displaced persons have not yet been able to return to their homes and resume their normal life and livelihood. There have been several sexual offences but victims are scared to speak out. Loss of faith in State administration among victims is very evident.”

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In the report that has been submitted to the Calcutta High Court, the body that had been instrumental in the formation of the committee in the first place, NHRC has recommended holding the trials outside Bengal.

 It said, the state of affairs in West Bengal was a “manifestation of law of ruler instead of rule of law” and “the local police has been grossly derelict, if not complicit, in this violence.” It also added that the extent of violent incidents in Bengal indicate “appalling apathy” of the state government towards the plight of victims.

Apart from this, the NHRC has also recommended reformation of the police and bureaucracy apart from the constitution of a separate body that will be in charge of monitoring the case and current situation. They dubbed the situation in Bengal in their report as an exemplification of ‘law of ruler’ as opposed to ‘rule of law’.

Arjun Singh, the BJP MP from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, backed the NHRC recommendations and said that the matter can only be resolved through a CBI investigation.

The Trinamool Congress in the meantime has been testy about the whole situation said that the NHRC has no locus standing in the state’s law and order situation and dismissed the report as unacceptable to them.

TMC MP Saugata Roy spoke to the media where he said that NHRC recommendations do not accurately portray the actual facts and is unacceptable to the government of West Bengal. He also added that after Mamata Banerjee took over as chief minister of the state, the situation in here has become normal.

The News Talkie Bureau



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