West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has been at odds with the TMC government as Mamata Banerjee head in the state, on Tuesday called the alleged removal of a Sikh’s turban during a fight between police and BJP protesters for “gross violation of human rights”.
He asked the administration for a “rectification” rather than justifying the action.
Mr Dhankhar, who often posts his opinions on Twitter, took to the microblogging site again on Tuesday and said Mamata Banerjee’s government should take note of the widespread “outrage” over the “bad guys”. treatments “of Sikh man.
“It’s time? @MamataOfficial? To revamp the involvement of #BalvindraSingh? @WBPolice? And to engage in rectification rather than justification. Already Balvindra poster boy for gross human rights violations in the BM. Must appreciate the widespread outrage over #BalvindraSingh abuse, “Dhankhar tweeted, tagging a video of himself talking about the same issue.
The governor previously criticized the state police for the “shameful” act during a march by BJP Yuva Morcha to the secretariat on 8 October.
Balvindra Singh was arrested after a licensed loaded gun was found in his possession during a scuffle with police at the BJP Yuva Morcha rally in Howrah on October 8.
His turban had fallen to the ground during the brawl and the video of it went viral, sparking community protests.
Mr Dhankhar said Akal Takht, the highest Sikh body, protested the treatment of Singh, who is said to be a former member of the armed forces and who is currently the bodyguard of a BJP leader. He said that (message from the Sikh body) “must have an impact on @MamataOfficial”.
Listing the cases and sections of the IPC struck against Mr. Singh under the Disaster Management and Weapons Act, the governor said:
“The involvement of @WBPolice #balwindersingh in offenses which even provide for life imprisonment as punishment is shocking and unacceptable.
In a video message attached to the tweet, the governor said: “The Home Office and the police should not justify bad things. They should go for rectifications. They should now apply the balm if necessary. ‘has gone wrong. “
In this context, he spoke of Rabindranath Tagore’s renunciation of chivalry after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 which took place thousands of kilometers away in the Punjab.