New Delhi (NHRC) has constituted a committee to inquire into complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal. As per the order of the Calcutta High Court, this committee will investigate the complaints of violence after the elections. The committee will be headed by Rajiv Jain, member of the Human Rights Commission. Violence erupted in West Bengal after elections held in several phases in March-April. NHRC Chairman Justice (Retd) Arun Mishra has constituted this committee. The Human Rights Commission has issued a statement in this regard. According to it, ‘This committee will investigate the complaints of violence in West Bengal in accordance with the orders of the Calcutta High Court.’ Earlier, the Calcutta High Court dismissed a petition by the West Bengal government. In this petition, he urged the Human Rights Commission to withdraw all cases of investigation into incidents of alleged human rights violations and post-poll violence. The committee will be headed by Rajiv Jain, a member of the Human Rights Commission. Officials said that it will investigate the cases which have come before the NHRC or about which complaints will be made to the commission. The NHRC said that the members of the committee include Atif Rashid, vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Rajulben L. Desai, NHRC Director General (Investigation) Santosh Mehra, West Bengal State Human Rights Commission Registrar Pradeep Kumar Panja, West Bengal State Legal Services Authority Member Secretary Raju Mukherjee and NHRC DIG (Investigation) Manzil Saini.
[Attribution to NBT]