Indian human rights organization backs federal investigation into post-election violence in Bengal
India’s highest human rights body has recommended a federal investigation into post-election violence in the eastern state of West Bengal, in a major setback for the government of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) made the recommendation in its report to the High Court in the state capital, Kolkata, sources told UNB on Thursday. He was asked to investigate allegations of post-election violence by the same tribunal only.
In its report, the Commission accused the government of Bengal of turning a blind eye to “serious crimes such as murder and rape” allegedly perpetrated by members of the ruling Trinamool Congress of Mamata against supporters of the state opposition, the BJP.
âTo compound the problem, violence and intimidation continued. There is palpable fear among the victims against the police and the henchmen of the ruling party. Many internally displaced people have not yet been able to return to their homes. There have been several sexual offenses …, “says the report.
The Commission “recommended that serious crimes like murder, rape, etc. be turned over to the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) for investigation and that these cases be tried out of state,” the report added.
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The Bengal chief minister, however, criticized the NHRC for “leaking the report” at the request of the ruling BJP in India. âThe BJP now uses impartial agencies to settle political scores and slander our state. “
It can be mentioned here that the High Court on July 2 severely condemned the government of Bengal for the post-election violence in the state which claimed the lives of a number of people. “The state is in denial mode. The administration has been taken on the wrong foot,” said a bench of five judges.
The UNB had previously reported as many as 16 deaths in post-election violence in Bengal, prompting India’s interior ministry to request a report from the state administration.
In fact, on May 6, a day after taking the oath of office as Chief Minister of Bengal for the third time, Mamata announced compensation of Rs two lakh each for the families of 16 people killed in the post-election violence in the state.
âAt least 16 people – mainly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool – have died in the post-election violence. We will pay two lakh Rs compensation to their family members, âshe said.
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Call for calm, Mamata had also asked his supporters not to engage in any violence. “Bengal is a place that loves peace. During the elections there was heat, dust and calm. The BJP did a lot of torture. But I appeal to everyone for calm.”
Facing the ruling opposition, Mamata made history on May 2 by single-handedly securing an astonishing victory in the legislative elections, avoiding a massive challenge from the ruling BJP of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but also decimating the Left front.
Bengal was the scene of the most publicized contest in India’s recent state elections. While Mamata insisted on being the daughter of Bengal, the BJP called on people to vote for “socio-economic change and development” after 50 years of communist rule and Trinamool.