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Home Ministry warns Bengal govt in 2nd letter, asks why post-poll violence has not stopped

In his second letter to the Bengal government, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reminded it that no report has been submitted to him despite asking for details on the post-poll violence on May 3.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday wrote another letter to the West Bengal government asking why it had not written back about measures taken to stop the violence in the state that erupted after Sunday’s Assembly election result. The BJP shot the letter on a day when Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term.

In his second letter to the Bengal government, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reminded it that no report has been submitted to him despite asking for details on the post-poll violence on May 3.

Bhalla also asked the West Bengal Chief Secretary why adequate measures to stop the violence have not been taken so far. There are fresh reports which suggest that post-poll violence has not stopped. Immediate measures should be taken to stop violence and report regarding the same should be sent immediately, he wrote.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday also took suo-moto cognizance of the Bengal post-poll violence.

Considering as a fit case of an alleged violation of Right to Life of the innocent citizens, the Commission has today taken suo-moto cognizance of the matter and has requested its DIG (Investigation) to constitute a team of the officers of the Investigation Division of the Commission to conduct an on the spot fact-finding investigation and to submit a report at the earliest, preferably within two weeks, the NHRC said.

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However, the Trinamool Congress and the West Bengal Police have denied most of the charges saying a large number of fake videos and images from older incidents were being circulated on social media.

Mamata Banerjee won a landslide victory in the Bengal election to secure a third straight term. The Trinamool won 213 of 292 seats while its strongest rival, BJP, finished second with 77 seats.

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