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More than 100 academics write to the president about post-election violence in Bengal, requesting his intervention for the security of CS and ST | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center for Social Development and more than 100 scholars have written to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting his immediate intervention for the security of the SC and ST communities following the post-election violence in West Bengal.
The memo said that after the outcome declaration of the West Bengal assembly elections, “Trinamool Congress state sponsored activists in collaboration with the state police have targeted the SC / ST community and spread violence to kill, plunder, rape and occupy their land. ”
“More than 11,000 people, most of them belonging to the SC and ST community, have been made homeless and more than 40,000 have been affected in the 1,627 brutal attack incidents,” he said.
The memorandum says that more than 5,000 houses were “demolished” and “inhuman atrocities and outrage” of 142 women and the death of 26 people has been “recorded in the suburban areas belonging to the SC / ST community.”
He alleged that the community houses of SC and ST, their small businesses were “demolished and burned” and “they were threatened not to return to their homes.”
“As a result, more than 2,000 people became refugees as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Assam, Odisha and Jharkhand,” the memo read.
He said that the SC and ST community have suffered “brutal violence” and need the security of being able to rebuild their homes and adequate protection and medical and other facilities.
“We urge you to step in immediately and save the SC and ST community and ensure social security in West Bengal,” the memo read.
According to Subhash Pahadiya, professor at Rajesh Pilot Government College, Lalost in Rajasthan, who is among the signatories, anyone can win an election, but committing atrocities against those who may have supported the rival party is wrong.
“Taking cognizance of the media reports, we signed the memorandum to speak out against the atrocities that the ruling party is committing against the SC, ST community in West Bengal after the election results. This is democracy and anyone can win , but committing Atrocities against someone because they don’t support you are wrong, “he said.
Puneet Kumar, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Motilal Nehru College of the University of Delhi, who also signed the memorandum, said they assessed the situation on the ground.
“We spoke with the victims, with our associates on the ground, and we took into account data from the CNDH and the National Commission of Registered Castes to assess the situation on the ground. We have urged the president to intervene and take action against the ruling party for the atrocities done to people who did not support them. ”

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