NHRC Forms 7-Members Committee to Probe Post-Poll Violence in West Bengal

NEW DELHI: National Human Right Commission (NHRC) has started working on the direction given by the Calcutta High Court on June 18, 2021. As per news report, the committee has been formed comprising National Commission for Minorities Vice-Chairperson Atif Rasheed, National Commission for Women member Rajulben L Desai, West Bengal State Human Rights Commission Registrar Pradip Kumar Panja and headed by NHRC member Rajeev Jain.

The committee was formed hours after Calcutta High Court rejected the Mamata Banerjee government’s plea to recall the June 18 order directing the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate post-poll violence in the state of West Bengal.

However, the West Bengal government had applied to the court to recall the order passed by the court while hearing a bunch of PILs alleging physical assault, destruction of property, sexual assault, displacement of people from their residence, murders, and ransacking of houses and places of business during post-poll violence in the state.

A five-judge bench rejected the state’s plea clearing the way for NHRC to form a committee and investigate the cases.