NHRC forms panel to probe violence in Bengal | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday constituted a committee to probe complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal, following a Calcutta high court order in the matter. In a statement, NHHRC said newly appointed chairman Justice (Retd) Arun Mishra constituted a committee to “inquire into the complaints of post-poll violence in West Bengal, in accordance with the orders of the Calcutta high court”.
The committee, NHRC said, which will start functioning immediately, and will be headed by NHRC member Rajeev Jain, along with Atif Rasheed, vice chair of the National Commission for Minorities, Rajulben L Desai, member of the National Commission for Women, Pradip Panja, registrar of the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission and Raju Mukherjee, among others.
The committee has been entrusted with examining complaints received by NHRC or those that it may receive. The rights panel has also been asked to point out the “persons, prima facie responsible for crime and the officers who maintained calculated silence on the issue”, the statement said.
“The cases shall be examined, including by visiting the affected areas and (the committee) shall submit a comprehensive report to the high court of Calcutta about the present situation and also steps to be taken to ensure confidence of the people that they can peacefully live in their houses and also carry on their occupation or business to earn their livelihood,” NHRC said.

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