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West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar granted conditional access to Sandeshkhali amid protests

Despite a disagreement over the condition, the BJP state president acquiesced to the police's stipulations

PTI Calcutta Published 22.02.24, 05:45 PM
West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumder

West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumder File photo

Eight days after sustaining injuries during a protest in nearby Taki while trying to enter Sandeshkhali, West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar was on Thursday granted permission by the police to visit the trouble-torn area.

Police, however, allowed Majumdar to visit Sandeshkhali, which has been rocked by protests over alleged sexual assault of women and land-grabbing, on condition that only his security personnel would be with him and no other BJP leader could accompany him.

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Despite a disagreement over the condition, the BJP state president acquiesced to the police's stipulations.

A police officer was heard stating, "You can very well go and visit Sandeshkhali. But only your security personnel would be allowed to accompany you. No other BJP leader would be allowed to accompany you." Majumdar, in his attempt to negotiate for the inclusion of the party's district president due to his unfamiliarity with the terrain, remarked, "This visit was not planned. All of a sudden it was decided. So, if my district president doesn't accompany me, how will I reach the residence of my local leaders?" However, his request was not granted.

Subsequently, during his journey to Sandeshkhali, Majumdar expressed his intent to stand in solidarity with the local populace.

"I will meet the locals, my party leaders, and then go to the police station and talk to the police personnel," he asserted.

Earlier in the week, following intervention by the Calcutta High Court, both BJP and the CPI(M) leaders visited strife-torn Sandeshkhali, marking the first visit by opposition parties since the onset of protests.

Leaders from both parties described the situation as "horrific" and "emblematic of anarchy." On February 14, Majumdar suffered injuries during a protest related to Sandeshkhali in nearby Taki area while attempting to enter the region.

A large number of women in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district had accused Trinamool 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 to 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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