NHRC forms 7-member panel to probe post-poll violence in West Bengal | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has formed a seven-member committee to probe complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal, in accordance with the orders of Calcutta high court.
The panel is headed by NHRC member Rajeev Jain and includes National Commission for Minorities vice-chairperson Atif Rasheed, National Commission for Women member Rajulben L Desai, West Bengal State Human Rights Commission registrar Pradip Kumar Panja among others.
Calcutta high court dismisses Bengal government’s ‘order recall’ plea
Earlier today, the Calcutta high court dismissed the West Bengal government’s plea for recalling its order that directed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to examine all cases of alleged human rights violations in post-poll violence in the state.
A five-judge bench of the high court dismissed the prayer of the West Bengal government for recalling the order passed in respect of a bunch of PILs alleging displacement of people from their residences, physical assault, destruction of property and ransacking of places of business owing to post- poll violence in the state.
The bench had passed the order on June 18, taking note of a report submitted by the member secretary of West Bengal State Legal Services Authority which said that 3,243 persons were reported to be affected till noon of June 10.
The five-judge bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and justices IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar, had in its order directed the chairperson of the NHRC to constitute a committee to examine the matter.
Governor slams ‘ostrich-like stance’ of the Bengal administration
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has called the situation arising out of the alleged post-poll violence in the state as “alarming and worrisome”.
The governor questioned chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her “ostrich-like stance” on the issue.
Dhankhar, who embarked on a week-long visit to North Bengal earlier in the day, slammed the state government for how it dealt with complaints of violence following the assembly elections.
“I am worried about the post-poll violence happening in West Bengal after May 2. This is unacceptable. The situation in the state is alarming and worrisome. This kind of violence has put a question mark on the democratic set up.
“Even after so many weeks, the state government is in denial mode. Why is the chief minister silent on this issue? The ostrich-like stance of the state administration is not acceptable,” he said.





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