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Bengal: National Commission for Scheduled Castes team visits trouble-torn Sandeshkhali

Led by the panel's Chairman Arun Halder, the team spoke to residents of the area, which is predominantly inhabited by people belonging to SC and other backward communities

PTI Calcutta Published 15.02.24, 02:32 PM
Sandeshkhali has been witnessing protests over alleged atrocities on locals by ruling TMC leaders.

Sandeshkhali has been witnessing protests over alleged atrocities on locals by ruling TMC leaders. File picture

A team of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Thursday visited trouble-torn Sandeshkhali in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, which is now in the eye of a political storm.

Led by the panel's Chairman Arun Halder, the team spoke to residents of the area, which is predominantly inhabited by people belonging to SC and other backward communities.

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Sandeshkhali has been witnessing protests over alleged atrocities on locals by ruling TMC leaders.

Meanwhile, the police have set up barricades on approach roads to Sandeshkhali police to prevent political personalities from visiting the place.

Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly had announced that he along with other BJP legislators would visit Sandeshkhali during the day.

"We are requesting BJP leaders not to go there and hope they will return," a police officer said.

In the assembly, BJP legislators staged a walkout demanding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's statement on the issue.

Protests persisted in Sandeshkhali for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, with a significant number of women taking to the streets, demanding the arrest of TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh and his followers.

The accusations against Shajahan and his aides include forcefully capturing land and sexually harassing women.

Sheikh has been absconding since January 5 when a mob attacked Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers during a raid at his residence in connection with an alleged ration scam.

His aide Sibhu Hazra is also at large.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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