NHRC submitted its final report on West Bengal post-poll violence, hearing again on July 22

News Desk: On Tuesday afternoon, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) submitted its final report on post-poll violence in West Bengal in sealed envelopes.

Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal, who are representing the state government, said “Copies of the interim and final reports should be given to the state government so that it may prepare its reply”

Advocate Priyanka Tibrewal, who is representing many victims of the alleged violence, said “The court asked the NHRC to give copies to the state and all the petitioners”. She also filed a supplementary affidavit seeking DNA test to identify the body of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter Abhijit Sarkar who was allegedly strangled to death by a mob in the Narkeldanga area of Kolkata on May 2.

The court ordered a DNA test by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory and asked for the report to be submitted within a week. Tibrewal 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.

Advocate general Kishor Dutta, who is representing the state, said “Sarkar’s family is not cooperating with the police. Several attempts were made to record their statements”

Tibrewal alleged “While recording the statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the government was collecting 600 from each person for videography”

The court wanted to know who is collecting this money and whether receipts are being given. The case will be heard again on July 22.