NEW DELHI :
In the wake of unabated post-poll violence in West Bengal between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), in the North 24 Parganas district on Saturday, the Union home ministry has cracked down on the state government, seeking to rein in violence in the state.
On Saturday, three BJP and one TMC worker lost their lives in the state.
“The centre has expressed deep concern over continuing violence in West Bengal even after conclusion of General Elections and issued an advisory to the State Government," a senior home ministry official stated, on condition of anonymity, adding that, “Latest reports indicated that four persons were killed on 8 June in Bhangipara, Hatgacha in North 24 Parganas district. Earlier also there have been reports of incidents of violence in which people lost lives in various parts of West Bengal,"
The advisory issued on Sunday stated that the Centre had viewed the current situation in West Bengal with “deep concern."
“The unabated violence over the past weeks appears to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and inspire confidence among people," the above quoted official added.
The Union home ministry’s advisory to the West Bengal State Government stated, “It is strongly advised to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility. It is also requested to take strict action against officials found delinquent in discharge of their duty."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also sought a report from the West Bengal government on the incident of violence between the BJP and TMC workers.
“Union Home Minister has asked for a report from the state government and I am sure Centre will take this up seriously. There is a lot of anger among the people over the incident," Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP National General Secretary, told the media.