Sandeshkhali violence Trinamool attacks Governor BJP takes jungle raj jibe

As Sandeshkhali remained tense amid protests by several women accusing Trinamool Congress leader Shajahan Sheikh and his aides of sexually assaulting them, a fresh war of words erupted between the West Bengal ruling party and the BJP.

At a party meeting on Friday, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee accused the BJP of trying to create unrest in violence-hit Sandeshkhali and asked workers to “hit the streets” against the party. On the other hand, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said there was “jungle raj” in the state.


  • In a meeting with TMC workers, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee told his party colleagues, “There’s no time to wait, hit the streets against BJP now”.

    He also questioned the West Bengal Governor for not visiting the site where four children recently died after they fell into a pit when a part of the land caved in during excavation work that was being carried out by the Border Security Force (BSF) near the India-Bangladesh border in North Dinajpur district.

    He said when a BJP delegation visited the Governor, “he went to Sandeshkhali within 24 hours”. “This shows where his priorities are,” the TMC leader said.

  • Speaking about the Sandeshkhali protests, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said “there is no government in West Bengal” and alleged that BJP workers were being assaulted in the locality. “We will go to court against this,” he said. “The people will give a reply to this in the Lok Sabha elections. There is ‘jungle-raj’ in West Bengal,” he said.

  • On Friday, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chief Arun Halder said the commission had recommended the imposition of President’s rule in West Bengal in its report submitted to President Droupadi Murmu on alleged harassment of women by TMC supporters in Sandeshkhali. A delegation of the NCSC had visited Sandeshkhali.

    Speaking to reporters after submitting the report to the President, Halder said, “We have recommended that President’s rule should be imposed in West Bengal over the situation there under Article 338 that aims to safeguard the rights of SCs,” Halder said.

  • A six-member BJP delegation began a sit-in after it was stopped by the police at Rampur village on their route to Sandeshkhali. “The BJP central team was stopped by police from visiting unrest-hit Sandeshkhali. Police are citing prohibitory orders. We said only four of us would go, but we were not permitted,” said Union Minister Annapurna Devi, the convenor of the team.

  • The BJP team also met West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose and said that the party would move court to seek permission to go to Sandeshkhali.

  • Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari also moved Calcutta High Court seeking a direction to the state government to allow him to visit Sandeshkhali. He was prevented by police from going to Sandeshkhali for the second time on Thursday.

  • The Supreme Court has received a petition, demanding an investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petition also sought a fair and impartial investigation of the case.

  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) also took cognisance of a report about a child being thrown away by miscreants in Sandeshkhali. It has issued a notice to the district administration calling for a prompt investigation into the matter.

  • Sandeshkhali has been tense with a large number of women in the locality accusing Trinamool Congress strongman Shahjahan Sheikh and his supporters of “land-grab and sexually assaulting” them under coercion. 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.

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Karishma Saurabh Kalita

Published On:

Feb 17, 2024

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