New Delhi, Jul 1 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today issued notice in a plea seeking directions for SIT probe into the alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal by workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) against Hindus for supporting the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in State Assembly Elections, 2021.
A bench of Justice Vineet Saran and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari sought the response of the Union of India, the State of West Bengal and the Election Commission of India, and asked them to file their replies.
The petition has been filed by Ranjana Agnihotri through Advocate on Record (AOR) Vishnu Shankar Jain, alleging that soon after declaration of Legislative Assembly results on May 2, 2021, the TMC workers and supporters started creating chaos and unrest, set the houses and properties of Hindus on fire, looted and plundered their belongings for the simple reason that they had supported BJP in Assembly Elections.
It further alleged that the Government and administration remained a silent spectator and no protection was provided to the victims by them.
The Government, Officers, Officials, the Administration and the Police are supporting the workers of TMC, due to which the life, liberty, prestige, dignity and modesty of people is being taken away, as is evident from the fact that a number of persons have been harmed, butchered and mercilessly murdered, and no steps have been taken for their safety.
No appropriate action has been taken against the culprits, due to which the dignity of women and children is in peril and the future of Hindu residents in the state is in jeopardy.
The petitioner has also made West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a party respondent, but the court hasn’t issued any notice to her, so far.
The petitioner alleged that TMC contested the election purely on communal basis, arousing the feelings of Muslims and appealing to them to remain united and vote for their party in future.
“It is a fact that Muslim population is about 30 percent in West Bengal. The reason is that illegal Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingya Muslims have been registered as voters without making any proper scrutiny and inquiry. In about 100 constituencies, Muslim votes decide the fate of the candidate. For the lust of power, political parties allure and appease Muslims to get their votes, even at the cost of the future of the country,” said the plea.
It further alleged that a section of Muslims is humiliating Hindus after the victory of TMC in the Elections.
The petitioner sought that the Central Government and the State Government should be directed to award compensation to the victims and their family members after ascertaining the nature of loss sustained by them in post poll violence committed from May 2, 2021.
The Central Government and the State Government should take steps for rehabilitation of the persons who have migrated to Assam or any other place in India due to violence erupted since May 2, the petitioner in her plea said adding that the Apex court should direct the Central and the State Governments to take appropriate steps to protect the life, liberty, dignity of Hindus as guaranteed under Article 14, 21, and 25 of the Constitution of India and reflected in solemn declaration made in the preamble of the Constitution.
The Central Government should exercise its powers conferred under Article 355 & 365 keeping in view the deteriorating condition posing a threat to sovereignty and integrity of India. The petition demanded that the Central Government should be directed to deploy armed forces/paramilitary forces in the aid of the Administrative Authorities to bring normalcy in the State and to save the State from internal Disturbance. ILNS/KR/RJ/SNG