Raising concerns over rising “lawlessness” in West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar flagged “rampant human right violations, political violence, vendetta and custodial torture” in the state.
Saying there is just no correctional recourse of any nature, Dhankhar said it is an open secret that ‘politicised police has a finger in every pie of governance’ terming it ‘a facet of a police state’.
Questioning the Mamata government over Sikh man’s turban row, the Governor said that due to police excess, Balwinder Singh is already poster boy for blatant human rights violations in the state.
‘High time you redeem your constitutional oath’
“Recent custodial death of Madan Ghorai alias Kalipada Ghorai is yet another horrifying instance of dehumanising torture, assault and death in custody. Such shameful incidents dotting the State, have assumed horrendous proportions, impeaching the credibility of rule of law and evidence capsizing of administration of the criminal system,” he said in the letter to the West Bengal CM.
He further urged the CM to ensure ‘democratic governance’ in the state saying, “high time you redeem your constitutional oath and enforce rule of law.
Dhankhar urged the IAS and IPS officials to be ‘politically neutral’ so as not to be visited with consequences for being in conduct breach.
‘Politicised WB Police has a finger in every pie of governance’
Last month, in a press conference, the Governor said Maoist insurgency was raising its head and terror modules are also operating from this state.
The state has become home to illegal bomb-making with a potential to unsettle democracy, he had said.
He further said that police personnel were working as ‘cadres’ of the ruling Trinamool Congress government.
Responding to the Governor’s letter dated 26 September, Mamata Banerjee reportedly urged him to “act within the mandates of the Constitution” and expressed anguish over his letter to the Director-General of Police (DGP).