Bengal post-poll violence: Calcutta High Court orders DNA test
A five-judge special bench of Calcutta High Court hearing a post-poll violence case on Tuesday ordered a DNA test on a body to establish if it was that of BJP trade union leader Abhijit Sarkar, who was allegedly strangled by a mob at Narkeldanga on May 2, the day the Assembly poll results came out.
Earlier, the bench, headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, had directed the state to perform a second autopsy at the Command Hospital in Calcutta following a plea by Abhijit’s brother Biswajit. The first autopsy report has not been revealed by the court, which had ordered a fresh probe into all cases of post-poll violence.
On Tuesday, Biswajit told the court that the body sent for a second autopsy to the hospital was mutilated beyond recognition. The bench then ordered a DNA test.
In response to an earlier order by the bench in the case, an eight-member committee constituted by the National Human Rights Commission to probe the alleged incidents of post-poll violence in Bengal has filed a report.