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National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma to visit Sandeshkhali, slams Bengal govt

Last week two members of NCW had visited the area and submitted a report revealing a 'troubling pattern of negligence and complicity' by the state govt and law enforcement officials

PTI Calcutta Published 19.02.24, 11:08 AM
A large number of women in Sandeshkhali accused Trinamul Congress strongman Shajahan Sheikh and his supporters of "land-grab and sexually assaulting" them under coercion.

A large number of women in Sandeshkhali accused Trinamul Congress strongman Shajahan Sheikh and his supporters of "land-grab and sexually assaulting" them under coercion. File

A delegation of the National Commission for Women (NCW) led by its chairperson Rekha Sharma is scheduled to visit unrest-hit Sandeshkhali on Monday.

Last week two members of NCW had visited the area and submitted a report revealing a "troubling pattern of negligence and complicity" by the Bengal government and law enforcement officials.

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"We want to talk to the victims. We will then meet the West Bengal Governor and then President in New Delhi tomorrow. Even if one incident takes place then it is shameful," Sharma said.

She alleged that the TMC government is "not allowing the state administration to cooperate" with central agencies.

As the situation in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas, gradually returns to normalcy following a week of protests alleging TMC-led atrocities on villagers and sexual harassment of women, the police have been maintaining a strong vigil in the area.

The TMC, however, dubbed the visit by NCW as politically motivated.

"The NCW is quick to visit West Bengal. But has never shown similar promptness in visiting BJP-ruled states," TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said.

A large number of women in Sandeshkhali accused Trinamul Congress strongman Shajahan Sheikh and his supporters of "land-grab and sexually assaulting" them under coercion.

Shajahan has been absconding after a mob, allegedly affiliated with him, attacked Enforcement Directorate officials who had gone to search his premises in connection with a ration scam on January 5.

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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