State must be with victims rather than perpetrators, says West Bengal Governor after meeting with family of Balwinder Singh

West Bengal Governor, Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday met with the family Balwinder Singh, who was brutally attacked by West Bengal police while serving his duty as the body guard to a BJP leader during Nabanna Chalo protest march. Singh’s turban, a sacred article of faith for Sikhs, was also removed by the West Bengal police, which led to national and international level outrage, with several prominent personalities condemning the action.

“Karamjit Kaur wife & son Harshveer #balwindersingh along with delegation @mssirsa called on me. It was a difficult moment for me to face his Wife and Son pleading for justice. I earnestly appeal @MamataOfficial to undo injustice #Balvindrasingh (sic). @WBPolice @HomeBengaljustice,” the governor tweeted.

“On issues of violation of human rights State must be with victim rather than with perpetrators. Time @MamataOfficial to rise to occasion to undo injustice @WBPolice @HomeBengal & take immediate remedial steps #Balvindersingh. Sensitive stance would be wholesome for society,” the governor said a series of tweets.

“Orchestrating support @MamataOfficial on such sensitive issue would be counterproductive. Why justify wrong committed! How can those heinous offences be slapped @WBPolice @KolkataPolice @HomeBengal on Balvindra Singh who suffered horrendous time in suffering with no resistance!” he said.

Meanwhile, the state government said that a political outfit (BJP) was deliberately giving “communal colour” to the incident involving Singh to serve its “narrow partisan interest”. Singh”s turban, it insisted, had come off unintentionally during a scuffle with the police.

Balwinder Singh is now in the custody of the Howrah district police and facing charges under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Indian Arms Act. He was charged with carrying a pistol the licence for which is invalid in West Bengal. The state BJP leadership earlier said that he works for a private security agency and was deployed to provide security to one of its leaders.

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