An added 600 academicians countrywide issued a joint statement on Wednesday condemning alleged post-election violence and issuing a just investigation in West Bengal following the assembly elections.
Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear petitions requesting the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the alleged violence, and it took note of allegations that the state government was complicit in the incidents and ignored them.
While the BJP, who after the aftermath of a heavy loss in WB elections, accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of “targeted killings,” the latter claimed that the BJP was circulating false information on social media to incite communal violence in West Bengal. The signatories, who are largely academics, vice-chancellors, directors, and deans from several universities, cited reports stating that scores of people, including women, have been killed in Bengal following the election.
Thousands more, they claim, have fled to the neighbouring states of Assam, Odisha, and Jharkhand to avoid persecution by the ruling Trinamool Congress.