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‘Situation in Bengal a manifestation of the law of ruler…’: NHRC submits final report on post-poll violence

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) formed to probe alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal has submitted its final report to Calcutta High Court.

The Court has taken note of the report saying it would hear the case on July 22.

Times Now accessed the 50-page report, which termed the situation in West Bengal as a manifestation of the law of the ruler instead of the rule of law.

The Calcutta High Court had made similar observations on July 2, saying the state government was in denial mode about the violence that broke out in May after the elections concluded. There was enough evidence to prove that post-poll violence had indeed taken place, it added.

‘Disease may spread to other states…’

Citing Rabindra Nath Tagore’s “Where the mind is without fear” poem, the NHRC issued its strongest censure of the post-poll violence in Bengal.

It is indeed ironic that in the land of Tagore, “where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls”, thousands of state subjects have witnessed the murder, rape, displacement and intimidation in the last couple of months, it said,

Calling it a “worrisome trend”, the report stressed that the disease might spread to other states if it is not arrested.

‘High time that the rot is stemmed and this trend is reversed’

“If the above mentioned worrisome trend is not arrested, where the entire governmental machinery has been used through innumerable acts of omission and commission) for furthering the political objectives of the party in power, the disease may spread to other states also,” it said.

This may well be the death knell for democracy in this great nation; it added saying it is high time that the rot is stemmed and this trend is reversed in the interest of having a vibrant democracy in this nation.

The nation of 1.35 billion people watches us with bated breath, the NHRC observed.

 

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