Sandeshkhali Unrest: Section 144 Imposed in Vicinity of Basirhat SP Office Over BJP Agitation

Last Updated: February 13, 2024, 18:26 IST

Activists of BJP Yuva Morcha stage a protest against TMC workers accused of land grabbing and sexual harassment in Sandeshkhali, in Kolkata on February 10, 2024. (PTI)

The orders were enforced under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) from 6 am and 6 pm to maintain law and order

Prohibitory orders were clamped on Tuesday in the vicinity of the SP’s office in West Bengal’s Basirhat given a proposed agitation programme by the BJP over allegations of sexual harassment by women in Sandeshkhali block.

The orders were enforced under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) from 6 am and 6 pm to maintain law and order, officials said.

A large number of police personnel have also been deployed outside the SP’s office in Basirhat to prevent any untoward incident, they said.

Sandeshkhali is under the purview of the Basirhat police district.

The state BJP had announced its leaders will gherao the SP office on Tuesday in protest against the situation in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district.

Women in Sandeshkhali have been agitating for the last few days over alleged atrocities against them by TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh and his aides.

The protesters claim that Sheikh and his “gang” captured swathes of land by force, besides sexually harassing women in the area.

Sheikh, who has been absconding since last month after a team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that went to raid his house in Sandeshkhali in connection with a ration scam, was attacked by a mob.

Meanwhile, state BJP president Sukanta Majumdar said a party delegation will travel to Basirhat by train.

“We will reach Basirhat, meet the SP and question him on the Sandeshkhali development. We shall demand punishment for the culprits,” he told reporters at Hridaypur railway station.

“We could have broken the barricades put up by the police, but our party will not do it… we don’t want to inconvenience the locals,” Majumdar said when asked about the decision to travel by train.

On Monday, senior BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari and several other MLAs of the party were stopped from visiting Sandeshkhali. A Congress delegation, too, had reportedly been prevented from visiting the trouble-torn area on Tuesday.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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