Bengal post-poll violence: Home Ministry asks Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to file report on law and order in state

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New Delhi: The Home Ministry of India has asked West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to give a report on the law and order situation in the state, particularly the violence that took place following the election results last weekend.

At least 12 people were killed in post-poll violence in the state. The BJP claimed that six-party workers were killed and scores of homes of supporters and party offices were attacked, a charge denied by the Mamata Banerjee-led government.  Trinamool Congress claimed five supporters were killed, of those three in East Burdwan, one in Hooghly.

The Home Ministry had earlier asked the state government to submit a report but has not yet received it, reports said. The governor has been asked to assess the situation and submit his report to the ministry at the earliest.

The ministry has formed a four-member, headed by an additional secretary ranked officer, to investigate the post-poll violence.

On Sunday, Mamata scripted history by single-handedly pulling off an astounding victory in the assembly election. She not only staved off a massive challenge from India’s ruling BJP but also decimated the Left Front.

Though her party swept back to power with a resounding majority of 213 seats in the 292-member assembly, the 66-year-old lost her own seat in Nandigram to her former protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari by a thin margin of around 2,000 votes.

Mamata, however, made it clear in a press conference on Sunday itself that she would challenge the result in a court of law. “How come the Election Commission reverse the results in Nandigram after formally announcing it? We will move court.”


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