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Updated February 28th, 2024 at 08:17 IST

Sandeshkhali LIVE: Big Setback For Mamata as HC Overrules Police's Order Barring BJP's Sit-In-Dharna

BJP leader Locket Chatterjee has claimed that the Mamata government wants to extend the Sandeshkhali matter to secure votes. Stay tuned for latest updates.

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North 24 Parganas: West Bengal's Sandeshkhali continues to be a boiling point. Protesters are urging for immediate arrest of absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Shahjahan Sheikh, who is accused of sexual assault and land grabbing by several women in Sandeshkhali. On Monday, the Basirhat Court sent close aides of Sheikh, Shiba Prasad Hazra and Ajit Maity to 6-day and 5-day police custody each. After the Calcutta High Court urged for Sheikh's arrest, the Mamata government welcomed the decision and said that the absconding leader would be arrested in 7 days. 

Here are all the latest updates from the day regarding Sandeshkhali:

After Left leader Nirapada Sardar got bail, Kolkata High Court came down heavily on Mamata Banerjee's police once again.

Baseless and biased: TMC Spokesperson Kunal Ghosh on Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai's Letter to Mamata on Sandeshkhali Violence

On Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai's letter to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over Sandeshkhali violence, TMC Spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “What Chhattisgarh CM (Vishnu Deo Sai) has done is cheap politics. He should concentrate on his own state. In Sandeshkhali case, there is no agitation against the state government, the problem is related to only a few people. He (Vishnu Deo Sai) should have written to his Delhi-based leaders against Suvendu Adhikari for his statement. Instead, he has written a baseless and biased letter to Mamata Banerjee.”

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sagarika Ghosh defends Bengal Police

“The West Bengal Police is acting, will act and will continue to act. The government is right there on the ground, complaints have been recorded and land is being returned to the aggrieved parties. The law is being upheld and justice will be delivered. Shahjahan Sheikh will be brought to justice", said TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sagarika Ghosh.

BJP plans sit-in dharna in Sandeshkhali row

BJP files writ petition

BJP had planned a sit-in demonstration at Gandhiji’s statue, Maidan. Although, the army authorities granted NOC for the same, the Jt. CP (Hq), Kolkata Police, rejected it.

Against such rejection, a writ petition has been filed (Pranoy Roy v. State of West Bengal & Ors.), which is appearing as item no. 27 before Hon’ble Justice Kausik Chanda’s Bench today.

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Calcutta HC allows BJP to sit-in dharna but on conditions 

The Calcutta High Court has allowed the BJP a sit-in dharna but subject to conditions. Justice Kaushik Chanda directed that the party can sit on February 28 and 29 and that the dharna can be held from 10 am to 6 pm.

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  • As per the conditions, litigants should take care that the examinees do not face any problems. 
  • Dharna can be held with 150 people.
  • The use of mics is prohibited.

The justice added that the prosecutors will ensure that no illegal activity takes place.

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No communication between Mamata government and police: Locket Chatterjee 

Amidst ongoing violence in the Sandeshkhali region, BJP leader Locket Chatterjee said, "Mamata government just want to extend the matter till Lok Sabha, so they are not arresting Shahjahan. She added that the Bengal government wants 30 percent votes so they are intentionally hiding Shahjahan.

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She further added, "Is there no communication between Mamata and the police? Now police in the court has said that there are rape cases registered. The DGP itself have said that it was their mistake."

Why isn't he arrested: BJP leader Prem Shukla on Shahjahan Sheikh 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday held a meeting to discuss the ongoing violence in Sandeshkhali. BJP leader Prem Shukla, while taking a swipe at absconding TMC leader Sheikh, asked, "The FIR names Shahjahan Sheikh. Why isn't he arrested?"

He further added that 800 cases have been registered against Sheikh so far.

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Hitting back at the Mamata government, Shukla asked, "Why does Mamata Banerjee have so much sympathy for Shahjahan Sheikh? Why is the West Bengal government so scared of arresting him?"

Chattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai writes to Mamata Banerjee urging for action against culprits involved in crime against women

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai on Tuesday wrote a letter to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urging actions against culprits involved in sexual assaults against tribal women in Sandeshkhali.

Taking to X, the CM said, "Incidents like brutal rape of more than 50 women of tribal community and snatching of tribal land in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal are shameful. I am sending a letter to the Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. @MamataOfficial regarding strictest action against the culprits involved in the crime. Hope Mamata ji will take cognizance of this letter and do justice to the victims of West Bengal."

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Didn't break any rule, says arrested ISF MLA Siddique

"I do not know why they have arrested me. This is several kilometres away from Sandeshkhali. I was going to Sandeshkhali to meet the villagers there. I did not break any rule or anything," ISF MLA Naushad Siddique told reporters.

ISF MLA Naushad Siddique arrested

West Bengal Police on Tuesday arrested ISF MLA Nausad Siddique near the Science City area here while he was on his way to trouble-torn Sandeshkhali, an official said.

The officer added that Siddique was arrested under preventive laws. 

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This comes a day after Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Maity was arrested on Monday. 

Arrest him immediately: WB Governor CV Ananda Bose

After the Calcutta High Court directed the police to arrest TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh, West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose asked the state government to file a fresh report against the absconding TMC leader.

He wrote to the govt, “In the light of the decision of the Calcutta High Court, the prime accused in the Sandeshkhali incidents, Shajahan Sheikh, may be arrested immediately, failing which reasons for the same may be reported within 72 hours.”

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"The veracity of a reported incident of a child being thrown by miscreants may be looked into and if found to be correct, strict action may be taken and report submitted," the letter further read. 

FIR filed against Sheikh: Basirhat SP HM Rehman

On Monday, Basirhat SP HM Rehman said that they have filed a fresh FIR against Sheikh and will take action accordingly. 

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Published February 27th, 2024 at 09:52 IST

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