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Post-Election Violence: Calcutta High Court Calls For Panel To Monitor Return Of Displaced People | India News


CALCUTTA: The Calcutta High Court on Monday ordered the constitution of a three-member panel to monitor and coordinate the return of people, who were allegedly forced to flee due to post-election violence, to their homes in the area. of Entally of Calcutta, and said that it is the duty of the state to ensure that the situation of law and order is maintained.
The committee will be composed of a senior official from the National Human Rights Commission, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission and the State Legal Services Authority.
Hearing PILs on post-election violence in the state, a five-judge judge ordered the committee to report to him on July 4 when the matter would be heard again.
One of the petitions concerned 200 people, who were allegedly not allowed to return to their homes in Calcutta’s Entally constituency after the assembly elections concluded.
The court ordered the committee to present a report on whether people can peacefully return to their homes and live there.
“The Committee will be composed of an official appointed by the president of the National Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Commission of the State of West Bengal and the secretary member of the Legal Services Authority of the State of West Bengal,” the court ordered .
The court, made up of Interim Court President Rajesh Bindal and Justices IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar, noted that no person can be forced to stay away from their home due to a threat to life.
“They have the right to live in their homes in peace. It is the duty of the State to ensure that public order is maintained,” the court observed.
The bank ordered that individuals, who are allegedly not allowed to return to their homes, will contact the official West Bengal State Legal Services Authority email id, [email protected], regarding the problems they face to return.
The magistracy ordered that it will be the duty of the Local Police to ensure that all allegedly displaced persons are reintegrated into their homes and do not face any threat to their life, liberty and property.
“In case of any adverse incident, the local police will be responsible, if they fail to maintain peace, law and order in the area,” ordered the bench.
Attorney General Kishore Dutta, representing the state government, tried to dispute petitioner Priyanka Tibrewal’s allegations that 200 people were displaced from Entally.
Dutta claimed that 39 of them have already returned home, while some of them are absent due to work requirements or due to a shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Clashes were reported from various locations in West Bengal following the declaration of the results of the elections to the assembly on 2 May.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said earlier this month that at least 16 people had lost their lives in the post-election violence in the state.

Times of India