Bengal In “Denial Mode” Over Post-Election Violence: Calcutta High Court


The Calcutta High Court said the state was caught on the wrong foot over post-poll violence.


The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal is in “denial mode” about violence that erupted in May following the state elections, the Calcutta High Court said on Friday, issuing its strongest censure yet following repeated complaints by the BJP.

Saying that there was enough evidence to establish post-poll violence, the high court said the state had been caught “on the wrong foot”.

“The state is in denial mode,” the judges said.

Acknowledging incidents of sexual violence on women and minors, the court sent a show cause notice to a senior police officer for failing to assist a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team that came to probe the allegations.

The BJP has alleged that the state has gone soft on curbing post-poll violence that especially targetted its supporters and leaders following their defeat in the polls against the ruling Trinamool Congress.

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