Advertisement
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

NHRC Panel Members Probing Bengal Post-Poll Violence Attacked In Kolkata

The BJP has condemned the incident while the Trinamool Congress asserted that none from the ruling party was involved in the attack.

NHRC Panel Members Probing Bengal Post-Poll Violence Attacked In Kolkata
A vehicle burns, as the injured lie around during Bengal’s poll violence | File Photo-PTI
NHRC Panel Members Probing Bengal Post-Poll Violence Attacked In Kolkata
outlookindia.com
2021-06-30T08:32:12+05:30

A member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)-formed panel visiting West Bengal to look into alleged human rights violations during post-poll violence on Tuesday claimed that he and other members of a team were attacked in Kolkata.

The BJP has condemned the incident claiming that "democracy is going to the ruins in Bengal". The Trinamool Congress asserted that none from the ruling party was involved in the attack.

"Some hooligans attacked us and the police. They tried to beat us and force us to leave. If this is our situation, what will be the plight of the general public," said Ateef Rasheed, Vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities and a member of the NHRC-formed panel visiting Bengal.

During a fact-finding visit to Jadavpur area, the team found that more than 40 houses had been destroyed and the residents of those were not living there, Rasheed told reporters.

He also alleged that the local police did not come to the rescue of the visiting team.

A senior Kolkata Police official said that some people had raised slogans at Jadavpur but they were removed from the spot.

The committee which is visiting the state was set up by the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on a direction by the Calcutta High Court to look into allegations of human rights violations during post-poll violence in the state.

Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari alleged that the state apparatus is trying to establish dictatorship in West Bengal.

"A Court directed investigation being conducted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team, was attacked at Jadavpur. Democracy is going to the ruins in Bengal," he tweeted.

BJP MP Locket Chatterjee also condemned the "attack" and demanded strict action against the culprits.

TMC MLA of Jadavpur, Debabrata Sarkar, claimed that no one from the ruling party was involved in the alleged attack on the NHRC committee member.

Members of the panel received representations from the complainants for three consecutive days till Tuesday.

The committee and several teams of the NHRC "have been touring various places of West Bengal and inquiring into the veracity of these complaints/allegations," an NHRC official said.

A five-judge bench of the high court had on June 18 directed the chairperson of NHRC to constitute a committee to examine all cases with regard to alleged human rights violations during post-poll violence in West Bengal.

The bench, hearing a bunch of PILs alleging post-poll violence in the state, had directed that the committee will examine all the cases, the complaints of which have already been received by the NHRC or which may be received, and "may be by visiting the affected areas" submit a comprehensive report before it about the present situation.

The panel would also suggest steps to be taken so that the alleged victims can peacefully live in their houses and carry on with their occupation or business to earn their livelihood, the bench had directed.

The five-judge bench had on June 21 dismissed a prayer of the West Bengal government for recalling the order passed in respect of the PILs alleging displacement of people from their residences, physical assault, destruction of property and ransacking of places of business owing to post-poll violence.

(PTI inputs)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Poonch: Locals Asked To Remain Inside As Army Plans Large Scale Operation To Hunt Down Militants

Poonch: Locals Asked To Remain Inside As Army Plans Large Scale Operation To Hunt Down Militants

Indian Army's operation comes as a retaliation to the October 11 killing of an army officer and four soldiers during an encounter in Poonch sector.

LIVE: Uttarakhand Rescue Operations | 11 Trekkers Go Missing

LIVE: Uttarakhand Rescue Operations | 11 Trekkers Go Missing

At least 46 people have died in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand so far. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting the state today.

T20 World Cup 2021: India Thrash Australia By Nine Wickets In Final Warm-up Game

T20 World Cup 2021: India Thrash Australia By Nine Wickets In Final Warm-up Game

After restricting Australia to 152/5, India chased down the target in just 17.5 overs. Catch highlights of IND vs AUS, warm-up match here.

Lakhimpuri Kheri: Supreme Court Asks UP Govt To Speed Up Investigation

Lakhimpuri Kheri: Supreme Court Asks UP Govt To Speed Up Investigation

The Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh govt to record statements of remaining witnesses in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.

Advertisement