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Over 600 Scholars Call on SC to Establish SIT to Investigate Post Election Violence in West Bengal | India News


NEW DELHI: A group of more than 600 professors and vice chancellors appealed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday to learn suo motu of the post-election violence in West Bengal and establish a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate such incidents.
In a statement, they stated that a large part of Bengali society lives in fear and claimed that those who “voted against the TMC in the recent assembly elections are being victimized.”
Thousands of people have migrated to the neighboring states of Assam, Odisha and Jharkhand for fear of being killed or attacked by “hooligans supported by the ruling Bengal party,” they claimed.
“We appeal to the investigation by independent authorities such as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and we also appeal to the Supreme Court to take note of the matter and establish the SIT to investigate the incidents,” the group said.
Stating that such acts of violence and policies of terror undermine the Constitution and destroy the basic pillars of democracy, they said it should not be tolerated.
The BJP has blamed the Trinamool Congress in state government for the violence, while the TMC has accused the Saffron party of politicizing incidents of violence in which, it has said, its workers have also lost their lives. The state government has also refuted allegations of large-scale violence.

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