Post-poll violence in West Bengal: NHRC forms committee to examine cases of alleged human rights violations

Following a Calcutta High Court order in the matter, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has constituted a committee to investigate complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal.

In a statement, the NHRC said the newly appointed chairman, Justice (retd) Arun Mishra, had constituted a committee to “Investigate post-poll violence complaints in West Bengal as directed by the Calcutta High Court.”

The committee, which will start working immediately, will be headed by Rajeev Jain, a member of the NHRC, including Atif Rashid, vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Rajulben L Desai, member of the
National Commission for Women Pradip Panja. Registrar of West Bengal State Human Rights Commission and Raju Mukherjee, among others.

This committee has been responsible for investigating complaints received by the NHRC or those who may receive it. The statement said the rights panel was also asked to identify “individuals, those responsible for the crimes prima facie and the officers who remained calculated silent on the matter”.

“These matters will be investigated, including by visiting the affected areas and (the committee) will submit a comprehensive report to the Calcutta High Court on the current situation and steps will be taken to ensure public confidence,”. So that they can live peacefully in their homes. They also do their profession or business to earn a living,” NHRC said.

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