Prime Minister calls Bengal Governor over Bengal violence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed the Governor of West Bengal to discuss the political violence in the state and deteriorating law and order situation following the counting of votes.

At least 12 people had died in the post-poll violence — a figure that may be higher than the number of those killed during the month-long election.The Union home ministry has asked for a report on the violence.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted today to say that the Prime Minister expressed “serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law and order situation”.

In a tweet tagging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he also said, “I share grave concerns given that violence vandalism, arson. loot and killings continue unabated”.

A BJP leader has appealed in the Supreme Court for a probe into the violence by the Central Bureau of Investigation. In his appeal, he said BJP workers were attacked and killed and women have been raped.

BJP chief JP Nadda is on a two-day visit to the state starting today. He will meet the families of the party workers hit by the violence, the BJP said.

The Trinamool Congress advised the Prime Minister to keep his focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

In her address to the people yesterday, Mamata Banerjee had appealed for calm and blamed the BJP for the violence.