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Bengal post-poll violence: Calcutta High Court orders DNA test

On Tuesday, Biswajit told the HC that the body sent for a second autopsy to the hospital was mutilated beyond recognition
Calcutta High Court

Our Legal Reporter   |   Calcutta   |   Published 14.07.21, 01:52 AM

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.

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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.



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