The Centre has sought a report from West Bengal Government on measures taken to contain political violence and investigate such incidents of violence to bring culprits to book.
Sources said that the Home Ministry in an advisory issued to the State Government pointed out the growing number of incidents of election-related and political violence and casualties over four years from 2016 to 2019. It said, the unabated violence over the years is evidently a matter of deep concern.
Quoting reports received by it, Home Ministry said, the number of incidents of political violence in West Bengal increased from 509 in 2016 to 1035 in 2018. In all, 773 incidents have already occurred in 2019 till date. The death toll rose from 36 in 2016 to 96 in 2018 while 26 deaths have already taken place in 2019 till date.
The advisory stated that the continued trend of political violence from 2016 through 2019 is indicative of the failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and to inspire a sense of security among the people. (AIR NEWS)