Bengal post poll violence:  Calcutta HC orders police to register all cases of victims; issues show cause notices

The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the police to register all cases of the victims of post-election violence in Bengal. Meanwhile, the state government has been directed to ensure medical treatment for all victims and ensure ration for the affected even if they don’t have ration cards. The High Court has also ordered a fresh autopsy and issued several show cause notices.

At the beginning of May, soon after the Trinamool Congress emerged victorious in the West Bengal Assembly elections, several incidents of violence had been reported from the eastern state. The matter has since been under the scanner, with a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs visiting the affected.

More recently, on June 21, the National Human Rights Commission chairperson Justice (Retired) Arun Mishra has constituted a committee headed by former Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain to enquire into the complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal. On Wednesday, the NHRC committee had submitted a report before the Calcutta High Court on cases of alleged human rights violations.

The HC on Friday ordered for a second autopsy of BJP worker Abhijeet Sarkar, to be conducted at Command Hospital Kolkata. It has also issued show-cause notice to the DM, police head/SP of Jadavpur asking them why contempt proceedings should not be started against them.

The West Bengal Chief Secretary has been directed to preserve all documents related to the post-poll violence and the NHRC investigation extended up to July 13th. The next hearing in the post-poll violence case will be held on July 13th.

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