The Union home ministry on Thursday formed a four-member team to inquire into reports of post-poll violence in West Bengal, officials informed. This came after the ministry on Wednesday wrote for the second time in three days to the West Bengal government, seeking a report in post-poll violence in the state.
Referring to his first letter on May 3, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said he has not received a response.
“According to media reports, violence continues,” Bhalla wrote. “This means effective measures have not been taken so far.” The note also said that if the situation report was not received at once, it will be viewed seriously.
The central government’s actions are in the light of reports of political clashes in the state since elections results were announced on May 2.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has alleged that “more than nine” of its members have been killed, while the Indian Secular Front has claimed that one its members lost his life due to the violence. But the police have not yet confirmed the numbers.