MHA sends 4-member team to West Bengal to assess post-poll violence situation

Bengal, May 6: Taking a serious view on reports of post-poll violence in West Bengal, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a four-member team to the state, led by an Additional Secretary Level officer, to access the situation on the ground.

The team has left Delhi and on its way to West Bengal. The team will look into incidents of post-poll violence, the situation on the ground, and alleged violence on political workers.

The four-member team led by an Additional Secretary the level officer has left from Delhi for Kolkata to assess the situation in the state,” said a government source.

The team is expected to prepare a report on the facts behind the violence which took place after the West Bengal election results in which BJP leaders were targeted.

On Wednesday, the home ministry dispatched a terse reminder to the West Bengal government to submit a detailed report on the post-poll violence in the state, warning it that the matter will be taken “seriously” in case it fails to do so and asked it to take necessary measures to stop such incidents “without any loss of time“, officials said.

Home Ministry had asked for a detailed report at once. Unfortunately, the report has not been received so far and this shows that the state government has not taken any effective measures. In case, the report is not received, it will be viewed seriously,” said the government source.

The home ministry reminded the West Bengal chief secretary that on May 3, it had sought an immediate report on the post-poll violence in the state.

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However, the West Bengal government is yet to send the report, the officials said. According to the latest inputs, the violence has not stopped in West Bengal and this means that effective measures were not taken by the state government to control it, the letter said.

Therefore, necessary steps should be taken to prevent these incidents without any loss of time, it added.

A detailed report should be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) immediately, it said.