West Bengal post-poll violence: NHRC orders probe by fact-finding team

The Commission said the political workers allegedly clashed with each other, party offices were torched down and some homes were ransacked and valuables also looted

West Bengal post-poll violence: NHRC orders probe by fact-finding team

West Bengal BJP office wears a deserted look after party’s defeat to TMC in state assembly polls, in Kolkata. PTI

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 4

Taking suo-motu cognisance of the reported post-poll violence in West Bengal, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday ordered to constitute and send a fact-finding team to the state for on-the-spot investigation into the matter.    

In its order, the NHRC said, “Considering as a fit case of alleged violation of Right to Life of the innocent citizens, the Commission has today taken suo-motu cognisance of the matter and has requested its DIG (Investigation) to constitute a team of the officers of the Investigation Division of the Commission to conduct an on-the-spot fact finding investigation and to submit a report at the earliest, preferably within two weeks.”

In its order, the Commission said the political workers allegedly clashed with each other, party offices were torched down and some homes were ransacked and valuables also looted.

“District Administration & local Law & order enforcement agencies appear not to have acted to stop such violation of human rights of the affected persons,” it added.

In its opening remarks the NHRC said it has come across several media reports published in various leading newspapers on May 4, 2021, regarding the death of some persons in the alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal on May 3, 2021.

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