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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summons Chief Secretary over ‘unprecedented post-poll retributive violence’

New Delhi, India West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday (June 6) directed the Chief Secretary to brief him on the law and order situation in the state on Monday, slamming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the ‘rampant post-poll violence’ in the state.

Dhankhar wrote on the microblogging site Twitter, “Extremely alarming law and order scenario Mamata Banerjee.” The security environment is seriously jeopardised. In such a dire situation, I requested that the Chief Secretary brief me on the law and order situation on Monday, June 7th, and outline all steps taken to contain post-election violence.”

The Governor stated in a series of tweets, “There is rampant post-election retributive violence @MamataOfficial.” It is disturbing that this ostracism has progressed to social boycott and denial of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled. They are forced to pay a “extortion fee” just to live in their own home or run their own business.”

He accused the West Bengal police and the Kolkata Police of acting as a “extension of the ruling dispensation,” adding, “It is most unfortunate that state functionaries @MamataOfficial are not even recognising this malaise, let alone taking steps to contain it.” Police @WBPolice @KolkataPolice are unfortunately acting as an extension of the ruling regime, unleashing vengeance on political opponents.”

Dhankhar claimed in his scathing letter that “democratic values are openly shredded and trampled by ruling party harmads.”

West Bengal saw violence in some areas following the Assembly election results on May 2, which propelled Banerjee to power for the third time in a row. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that nine of its party workers were killed in post-election violence, while the Trinamool Congress (TMC) denied these claims.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari and his brother Soumendu Adhikari have been arrested for allegedly stealing relief materials from the Kanthi Municipality office in Purba Midnapore, West Bengal.

Previously, Dhankhar had visited the state’s violence-affected areas, which drew harsh criticism from the TMC.

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