A BJP committee that looked into the clash between West Bengal police and party members during its ‘Nabanna Chalo’ rally has sought CBI and National Human Rights Commission probes into the violence, accusing cops of acting on the TMC’s behest.
The five-member fact finding committee submitted its report to party president J P Nadda on Saturday.
Former Uttar Pradesh DGP Brij Lal, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Aparajita Sarangi, Sameer Oraon, all MPs, and Sunil Jakhar were the members of the committee formed by Nadda after the clashes during the rally on September 13.
The report said over 750 people were injured in the use of force by police while 550 were “arbitrarily” arrested.
It said fair enquiry is not possible by the state police as they are “hand in gloves” with their political masters, the ruling TMC, led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is also in charge of the home ministry.
“The committee recommends that the entire episode should be enquired into by central agency CBI. National Human Rights Commission should also go to Kolkata to conduct enquiry into gross human right violations and brutality by Kolkata Police and TMC goons,” it said.
The BJP team also named some IPS officer who, it claimed, were publicly seen to have “grossly ignored” their duties and acted in partisan manner.
It said the BJP March against the alleged corrupt practices of the state government was a “peaceful congregation of dedicated citizens” which, it alleged, was not acceptable to this “autocratic, dictatorial, and genocidal” regime in the state.
“Brutal and unparallel violence was perpetrated by police officers with face covers, without their name tags and many of whom were in civilian clothes, along with TMC goons,” it claimed.
The state government has, however, insisted that it was BJP members who turned violent while cops acted with restraint.