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Calcutta HC orders DNA test of slain BJP worker

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court ordered a DNA test of late BJP worker Avijit Sarkar on Monday and asked that the report to be submitted i...

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court ordered a DNA test of late BJP worker Avijit Sarkar on Monday and asked that the report to be submitted in a week. Sarkar was a victim of post-poll violence in Bengal.

In the meantime, the NHRC has submitted the final report of the post-poll violence in five sealed boxes before the five-judge bench of Calcutta High Court. The details of the report have not been made public.

Avijit Sarkar’s brother Biswajit Sarkar, on Wednesday urged the HC for a DNA test of his deceased brother and informed the court that his brother’s body has been damaged by maggots in the morgue. On July 2, the HC had ordered a second autopsy at Command Hospital.
Tibrewal filed a supplementary affidavit seeking DNA test to identify the body of Sarkar. Sarkar was allegedly strangled to death by a mob in the Narkeldanga area on May 2, the day the assembly poll results were declared.
Advocate Priyanka Tibrewal who is representing many victims of post-poll
violence in the case told the court on Tuesday that members of Sarkar’s family could not identify the body. The court said that DNA samples from the corpse should be matched with the DNA of Biswajit Sarkar.
The West Bengal government informed the court that the family did not cooperate with the cops in regard to the second autopsy. Advocate General Kishor Dutta said several attempts were made to record their statements.
Meanwhile, the seven-member committee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) investigating the post-poll violence in West Bengal submitted the final report on Wednesday in sealed boxes to the Calcutta High Court. The interim report was submitted on July 1, which was also a sealed report.
Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal, representing the state government, urged the HC that the copies of the interim and final reports should be given to the state government so that it may prepare its reply.
A five-judge bench, headed by acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, and justice IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar on July 2 directed the police to record the statements of all the victims of violence, based on the recommendations of the NHRC and asked the state government to provide medical treatment and ration to the affected families.
The Deputy Commissioner-South Suburban of Kolkata Police responded to Calcutta High Court on Wednesday over an alleged attack on the NHRC team at Jadavpur. The DC claimed in the court that no prior information was available to the police about the NHRC team’s visit. He also stated that the police escort was there and police had surrounded Atif Rasheed
when locals came close to him. The locals also agitated and were allegedly pushed by the CRPF, claimed police.
Atif Rasheed, vice-chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities and a member of the NHRC panel was allegedly heckled by a group of people during the committee’s visit to a part of Jadavpur which falls under South 24-Parganas district.


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