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NHRC Forms 7-Member Panel To Investigate Post-Election Violence In West Bengal | India News


NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has formed a seven-member committee to investigate allegations of post-election violence in West Bengal, in accordance with orders from the Calcutta High Court.
The panel is headed by NHRC member Rajeev Jain and includes Vice Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Atif Rasheed, Rajulben L Desai, member of the National Commission for Women, Registrar of the Human Rights Commission from the State of West Bengal, Pradip Kumar Panja, among others.
Calcutta High Court Dismisses Bengal Government’s Request for ‘Revocation of Order’
Earlier today, the Calcutta High Court dismissed the West Bengal government’s request to recall its order ordering the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to examine all cases of alleged human rights violations in post-election violence in the state.
A bench of five high court judges dismissed the West Bengal government’s sentence to recall the order passed regarding a group of PIL alleging the displacement of people from their residences, physical assault, destruction of property and looting of places of business due to post-electoral violence in the state.
The court had approved the order on June 18, noting a report submitted by the member secretary of the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority that 3,243 people were reported to have been affected as of noon on June 10. .
The five-judge court, consisting of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justices IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar, had ordered in its order the President of the National Human Rights Commission to form a committee to examine the matter.
Governor criticizes Bengal administration’s ‘ostrich stance’
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar called the situation arising from the alleged post-election violence in the state “alarming and worrying”.
The governor questioned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her “ostrich stance” on the issue.
Dhankhar, who embarked on a week-long visit to North Bengal earlier that day, criticized the state government for the way it handled allegations of violence after the assembly elections.
“I am concerned about the post-election violence that will occur in West Bengal after May 2. This is unacceptable. The situation in the state is alarming and worrying. This type of violence has put a question mark on the democratic stage.” .
“Even after so many weeks, the state government is in denial mode. Why is the prime minister silent on this issue? The ostrich stance of the state administration is not acceptable,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)

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