CPI-M asks EC to compensate Bengal poll violence victims

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Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) Blaming the ruling Trinamool Congress for the “mounting political violence in West Bengal”, the CPI-M on Wednesday approached the Election Commission seeking protection and compensation for victims of poll violence.

In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra harped on the “voters’ right to peaceful living”.

“The voters who courageously responded to the measures taken by the Election Commission should enjoy right to peaceful living in the post polls days. Unfortunately in West Bengal, attacks are mounting on the voters by Trinamool hooligans with tacit support from a section of police,” said Mishra.

Referring to the various incidents of violence during the six-stage assembly polls in which a few were murdered and many people women and children injured, Mishra alleged inaction both by the EC and the police.

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“It is the responsibility of EC to ensure protection of citizens being subjected to barbaric attacks. EC would fail in its constitutional obligation if it doesn’t extend protection and compensation to the victims of violence,” added Mishra.



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