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BJP leader moves SC seeking CBI probe into post-poll violence in Bengal

Gaurav Bhatia is a BJP spokesperson and senior advocate

West Bengal Assembly polls | West Bengal | Bharatiya Janata Party

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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BJP spokesperson and senior advocate Gaurav Bhatia on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the episodes of violence which erupted in after the declaration of Assembly election results on May 2 in which the ruling Trinamool Congress cruised to a landslide victory.

The plea said: "The instant application has been preferred by the petitioner to bring to the notice of this court the brutal murders and commission of serious crimes like rape and molestation, blatant violence and the complete breakdown of the law and order machinery in the state of West Bengal, during and after the recently concluded Assembly elections."

Citing media reports, Bhatia alleged in his plea that the violence is directly sponsored by ruling party through its workers who are seeking revenge against the citizens of the state who exercised their democratic right to vote for a party other than the Trinamool.

The BJP leader also cited the "murder" of one Avijit Sarkar in Kolkata, stating that it was "proof enough to highlight as to how there is a great dance of democracy that is currently underway in under the protection of Trinamool Congress".

"Sarkar in a video uploaded on Facebook moments before his death highlighted how the Trinamool workers not only ransacked his house and NGO, but also mercilessly killed voiceless puppies. Sarkar specifically blamed the Trinamool leaders for the attack and eventual death," added the plea.

The plea further argued that it is clear that the Trinamool has been exercising undue influence over the police and other law enforcement agencies inasmuch as no FIRs have been registered against any alleged party workers for their acts of crime.

"The Trinamool has dehumanised its political opponents, specifically targeting the BJP and its members and workers, branding them as fascists and bigots," read the plea.

Besides demanding a CBI probe, the plea also sought directions to the government to file a detailed status report with respect to the FIRs registered, arrests made, and steps taken by it against the perpetrators of the crimes.

The petitioner urged the top court to allow the present application and pass an order directing the CBI to launch an enquiry and investigate the instances of "rampant violence, murders and rape that have been carried out by the workers of Trinamool across the state".



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First Published: Tue, May 04 2021. 16:41 IST