West Bengal post-election violence: NHRC calls it “ruler’s law,” names TMC leaders, and threatens legal proceedings

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has been accused of converting matters into a “law of ruler” rather than “rule of law,” according to the final report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Enquiry Committee set up to investigate the post-poll violence in West Bengal.

Following the Assembly results, a committee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) slammed the Mamata Banerjee government, accusing it of subjecting “thousands of its citizens… to murder, rape, displacement, and intimidation, etc.” and recommending the deployment of Central forces in the state.

The seven-member panel advised that serious crimes such as murder and rape be turned over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation, and that such cases be tried outside of the state.

“The other instances should be reviewed by a special investigation team overseen by the court (SIT). Fast track courts, Special PP, and Witness Protection Scheme should all be available for adjudication “According to the 50-page report.

The NHRC names 123 political personalities as accused and suspects, including a Chief Minister’s election agent and numerous Trinamool politicians, and labels them “notorious criminals/ goons,” claiming that “in contrast to the large-scale violence,” relatively “few” arrests have been made.

The report advises this, despite the fact that only a few of the accused have been detained, and the others have been released on bond. “… this demonstrates the inadequate performance of local police, as well as the lack of deterrence for criminal elements,” the report states. According to the report, only 14 percent of the 9,304 accused named in FIRs were apprehended, with 80 percent already on bail.

As a result, only about 3% of the accused are in jail, while 97 percent remain on the streets, making a mockery of the entire system. It is clear that the police lack the courage to take action against the impending goons of the ruling dispensation.

According to the report, the most affected police districts were Baruipur, Bashirhat, Barrackpore, and Diamond Harbour, while a considerable number of complaints were received from Cooch Behar, Birbhum, Purba Bardhaman, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, and Kolkata districts.

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