Post-poll violence in West Bengal: Plea filed in Supreme Court seeking institution of President’s Rule.

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging “widespread violence” in the aftermath of assembly polls in West Bengal and sought imposition of President’s rule, deployment of central forces and a probe by a retired apex court judge into the “targeted pogrom”. Earlier in the day, senior advocate and BJP’s national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia also moved the top court seeking a CBI probe into violent incidents in the state during and after the poll process.

 

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress party stormed back to power in West Bengal this week. The new plea has been filed by Tamil Nadu-based ‘Indic Collective Trust’ through lawyer Suvidutt M S given the widespread violence and disruption of law and order in the state under the assembly election. At least six people were killed in post-poll violence in different parts of the state including one in Kolkata, police said.BJP has alleged that TMC-backed goons have killed a number of its workers, attacked its woman members, vandalised houses, looted shops off the party members and ransacked party offices. TMC has denied the charges.

 

The petitioner-Trust has requested a direction from the apex court to the Centre to deploy central protection forces, including armed forces, for restoration of law and order in West Bengal.

The plea requested the court to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by retired Justice of the top court to look into the involvement of politicians, if any, in the alleged targeted pogrom in West Bengal.

Indic Collective Trust also sought immediate arrest and prosecution against all individuals involved and responsible for the commission of heinous offences in the aftermath of the assembly elections.

It also demanded directions for setting up or establishing a special court to adjudicate and dispose of matters about the prosecution of political miscreants, or any individuals involved in the commission of heinous offences. A day after the ruling party won polls, BJP alleged that four of its workers were killed by TMC workers. The petitioner claimed that the members and supporters of the opposing political parties have been brutally murdered, with their houses and personal property being destroyed.

The petition also alluded to reports cite instances of gang rape and physical assault against women who support the opposing parties in the state.

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