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Calcutta HC seeks report on post-poll violence in Bengal

Source: ANI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
May 07, 2021 17:09 IST
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Taking a serious view of violence after the assembly poll results in West Bengal, the Calcutta high court on Friday ordered the state home secretary to file a report mentioning the places where the post-poll violence occurred and the steps taken to contain the violence.


IMAGE: A BJP office that was vandalised in Bhatpara, West Bengal, May 3 2021. Photograph: ANI Photo

A five-member Constitution Bench of the Calcutta high court passed the order.

The next date of hearing regarding the matter is on May 10.

Violence has been reported in several parts of West Bengal after the results of the assembly elections were declared on May 2.

Bharatiya Janata Party alleged that nine of its party workers have been killed in the post-poll violence. However, the TMC is denying the allegations.

The Union Home Ministry has deputed a four-member team, led by an Additional Secretary level official, to visit the state and assess the ground situation. The team reached the state on May 6

Additional Secretary Home Ministry Govind Mohan, Additional Secretary Education Ministry Vinit Joshi, Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau Janardan Singh and IB Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) IB, Nalin are among the team.

Meanwhile, Union Minister V Muraleedharan's car was attacked in West Bengal's Panchkhudi on Thursday.

The minister alleged that the attack was perpetrated by Trinamool Congress (TMC) goons.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has also written to West Bengal Chief Secretary reminding him of the letter written on May 3 to check the post-poll violence and also to provide a report on the incidents.

According to Ministry of Home Affairs sources, the ministry did not receive any report yet and violence continues as the state government has not taken any step.

The MHA in its successive letter directed the West Bengal Government to take all necessary measures and submit a detailed report immediately.

"All necessary measures should be taken and a detailed report to be submitted immediately. If not submitted, it will be viewed seriously," the sources added.

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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
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