The final report submitted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the post-poll violence in Bengal to the Calcutta High Court has strongly criticized the state administration. has lost its faith in the public. The team has made a strong remark that there is no 'rule of law' in Bengal, the land of poet Guru Rabindranath Tagore, but the 'rule of law' is going on here. The report has recommended a CBI probe into post-poll violence. It has been said that the trial of cases should be done by setting up fast-track courts outside the state. Here on the report of NHRC, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that it is a conspiracy to defame Bengal.
It was told in the inquiry report that the committee has received more than 1900 complaints during the investigation. Many of these cases were related to serious crimes. Cases like rape, murder, arson came to the fore in hundreds whose complaints have not even been registered. People do not have faith in the police, their complaints are not being heard. The report also said that about 1979 cases have been sent to the state DGP so that an FIR is registered in the matter. The report said that in most of the cases no arrests have been made, even if some arrests have been made, the accused have been released on bail.
Cases of rape, murder should be handed over to CBI, SIT for other serious crimes
The committee has said that many cases of murder and rape have come to the fore during the post-poll violence in the state. The investigation of such cases should be done by the CBI and the trial of this case should be done outside the state. Apart from this, SIT should be formed for other serious offenses. Monitoring the court of SIT should be done directly. Apart from this, arrangements should be made for their rehabilitation, security and livelihood along with financial assistance to the victims. The committee has also recommended that a monitoring committee should be formed under the supervision of a retired judge and an independent officer should be posted as observer in every district. The committee has also recommended that the inquiry be ordered at the earliest as the situation is getting worse day by day. Victims are constantly being threatened.
The committee was formed on the orders of the High Court
Hearing in the case of post-poll violence in Bengal, the Calcutta High Court ordered the Human Rights Commission to set up an inquiry committee and order an inquiry into the matter. Following the order of the court, the commission constituted a seven-member committee under the chairmanship of Rajiv Jain. The team included Deputy Chairman of Minorities Commission Atif Rashid, Dr. Rajuben Desai of Women's Commission, NHRC DG (Investigation) Santosh Mehra, West Bengal Human Rights Commission Registrar Pradeep Kumar Panja, State Legal Service Commission Secretary Raju Mukherjee, DIG Manzil Saini. are .
Seven different teams investigated
After the order of the court, the committee went from the violence-affected villages to various places where there were complaints of violence after the elections. The commission's team found that such situations exist all over the state. The team came back after taking a few primary complaints. After this five teams were formed. Later two more teams were added. These teams toured across the state and held hearings.
Seven operational teams each consisted of one SSP, two Assistant Registrar Law, nine DSPs, 13 inspectors, 10 constables, 2 JRCs and other staff. These people collected information by visiting the field and took complaints. Apart from this, hearings were held by setting up camps in Murshidabad, Kolkata, Purva Medinipur, Howrah, East Barddhaman.
These teams worked continuously for 20 days and conducted 311 visits and hearing camps. During this, 1979 complaints related to various serious crimes including rape, murder, arson came to the fore.
Category: India: West Bengal