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“Non-Compliance Would Be Taken Seriously”: Home Ministry’s Letter Hours After Mamata Banerjee Takes Oath

Union Home Secretary asked the West Bengal Chief Secretary why adequate measures to stop the violence have not been taken so far.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs, on the very day West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was sworn in for a third term after a decisive win against the BJP, shot off another letter to the state government asking why it had not written back about measures taken to stop the violence after Sunday’s election result.

In the second letter dispatched to state government two days after he wrote the first letter, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said: “I remind you that no report has been submitted despite my asking for details on post-poll violence on May 3rd. Non-compliance of this second letter would be taken seriously.”

He asked the West Bengal Chief Secretary why adequate measures to stop the violence have not been taken so far. “There are fresh reports which suggest that post-poll violence has not stopped. Immediate measures should be taken to stop violence and report regarding the same should be sent immediately,” he wrote.

On Wednesday, taking the note of the post-poll violence that erupted in West Bengal after assembly election results were announced on May 2,  the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) requested its Deputy Inspector General (Investigation) to constitute a team to look into the matter. The team has been asked to conduct an on-the-spot fact-finding investigation and submit it in two weeks.

“Considering as a fit case of an alleged violation of Right to Life of the innocent citizens, the Commission has today taken suo-moto cognizance 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,” the NHRC said.

Several other human rights bodies such as the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the National Commission for Women (NCW) have also raised concerns over reports of violence and sought an inquiry.

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