HC slams Bengal govt on post-poll violence

Wednesday 07th July 2021 07:17 EDT

The Calcutta high court asked the West Bengal government to “register” all post-poll violence complaints lodged with it or the National Human Rights Commission, adding that the NHRC report had “established prima facie” that there had been post-poll violence. A number of persons were killed, the HC said after a “perusal” of the interim NHRC report, adding: “Many suffered sexual violence and grievous injuries. Even minor girls were not spared. They have been brutally assaulted sexually. Properties were damaged and a number of them were forced to leave their homes and migrate to neighbouring states. We may make it clear that we are not making the interim report public as the matter is still being investigated,” the HC said, repeating that “only an interim report” had been filed. Before passing any final order, opportunity shall be granted to all parties to place their cases,” the HC added.

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