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TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan, main accused in Sandeshkhali case, arrested in North 24 Parganas Sheikh Shahjahan
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TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan, main accused in Sandeshkhali case, arrested in North 24 Parganas

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Feb 2024, 07:50 am

Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan, who is accused of sexual violence and land grab in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali village, was arrested on Thursday.

According to reports, he was arrested in the North Parganas district.

He was on the run for 55 days.

He will be produced in Basirhat court.

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday ruled the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are free to arrest Trinamool Congress strongman Sheikh Shahjahan.

Sandeshkhali incident

The turmoil in Sandeshkhali, a remote block about 80 kms from Kolkata and a part of the Basirhat sub-division of North 24 Parganas district, broke out first in early January when a team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) reached TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan's residence to quiz him in connection with the ration distribution scam in the state.

Shahjahan's aides allegedly assaulted and chased the ED officers turning the area into a political hotspot months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Several women from the village came out with brooms and sticks demanding the arrest of the TMC strongman.

The protesting women have alleged Shahjahan and his aides captured several lands forcefully and sexually harassed them.

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