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West Bengal Post-Poll Violence: Police Threatening Victims Not to File Complainants Says NHRC Member

The Supreme Court on July 1 had also issued a notice to the Center, West Bengal government, and the Election Commission of India over a plea that demanded a Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigation into the cause of the Post poll violence in West Bengal under the supervision of the apex court.

 National Commission for Minorities vice-chairman and member of NHRC team on post-poll violence in Bengal, Atif Rasheed meeting Murshidabad SP (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: National Commission for Minorities vice-chairman and member of NHRC team on post-poll violence in Bengal, Atif Rasheed on Thursday said that the people were afraid to approach the police regarding the incidents that took place after the conclusion of elections in the state. He further added that the only crime of the people being targeted was that they had voted for the BJP.

Rasheed also said that the Police were threatening the victims of the violence to not file a complaint.

“The public is scared of the police. Their fault is they voted for the BJP. Why police torture for voting? Police are threatening victims not to file a complaint,” he said during a meeting with the Murshidabad SP.

Rasheed is on a  three-day visit to the state to investigate the post-poll violence.

During the visit, he will visit the affected areas in the Malda and Murshidabad districts.

On his previous visit to the state, Rasheed had alleged that he was attacked in Jadavpur when the NHRC team went to investigate.

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A committee headed by the former Intelligence Bureau chief Rajeev Jain was formed on June 21 by NHRC chairperson Justice (Retired) Arun Mishra to investigate the case of post-poll violence in Bengal.

The inquiry was ordered in accordance with the orders of the High Court of Calcutta, NHRC officials said. As per the orders of the High Court, the NHRC Committee shall examine all cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal, complaints about which have already been received in the National Human Rights Commission or which may be received.

A four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs has also visited the post-poll violence-affected areas after several incidents of violence have been reported at various places after the declaration of the Assembly poll results on May 2.

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With inputs from ANI

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