NHRC notice to Mamata Banerjee govt after second BJP worker found murdered in West Bengal

NHRC notice to Mamata Banerjee govt after second BJP worker found murdered in West Bengal
NHRC notice to Mamata Banerjee govt after second BJP worker found murdered in West Bengal

The Hush Post: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Mamata Banerjee government after another BJP worker, second in a short span of days, was found brutally murdered in West Bengal.

Earlier an 18-year-old worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was found hanging from a tree in the Purulia district of the state, now another worker of the saffron party has been found hanging from an electric pole in the same district, a report said on Saturday.

The saffron party has alleged that its 32 -year-old worker, who was found hanging from an electric pole in Balarampur, was murdered by TMC supporters for participating in a thana gherao protest organised by the party, a News18 report said.

Meanwhile, leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien tweeted to say that the case has been handed over to the CID.

This comes two days after a similar incident on Wednesday invited strong criticism of the Mamata Banerjee government from BJP president Amit Shah, who said the ruling dispensation has “surpassed the violent legacy of the communist rule” in West Bengal.

The first murder that also took place in Balrampur, an unsigned handwritten note in Bengali was found near the body of the victim Trilochan Mahato near his house. The note stated that he was “punished for working for the BJP” during the recent rural polls in the state, the report said.

The NHRC on Friday sent a notice to the Mamata Banerjee government over the incident. The commission in a statement observed that the content of the news report, if true, amounts to gross violation of human rights of the victim. It has issued a notice to the West Bengal chief secretary, seeking a detailed report, the report said.

The West Bengal DGP has been asked to intimate the present status of investigation in the case and the steps taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur, the commission said. They have been given four weeks to respond, the NHRC notice said.

The NHRC said it has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that the youth, “belonging to the Dalit community in Purulia, was mercilessly beaten till he died”. Later, his body was found hanging from a tree.

The deceased was a worker of BJP and he had called the family over the telephone, saying he was abducted by a group of men on bikes, the commission said in the statement, the report said.

The NHRC also said that India is a democratic country and difference of opinion and ideology are obvious in a multi-party democratic political system. “Bloodshed in the name of political differences is neither desirable nor acceptable in a civilised society. Brutal killings of party workers in such a manner are indicative of deficient law and order situation in the state, which does not allow rival political parties to exercise their political rights,” the rights panel said.

Meanwhile O’Brien of the ruling TMC said in a Twitter post: “We strongly condemn this despicable killing. All angles must be probed. The perpetrators of this heinous act must be punished. What role did Jharkhand border have to play? What elements of Bajrang Dal, Maoist or BJP involved. Let the truth be found out through proper investigation.”

A media report on Thursday claimed that violence continued in Purulia even after the Panchayat elections were over.

“Several other local BJP leaders have been threatened after the BJP won many seats in the district. The father of the deceased has alleged that his son was killed by the workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC),” the NHRC said, quoting reports.

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