Updated February 25th, 2024 at 00:21 IST

Sandeshkhali Horror: 'Mamata's Ministers Ignored us When we Asked About Shahjahan,' Say Local Women

Delivering a speech at JNU, Suvendu Adhikari and Sukanta Majumdar highlighted several atrocities inflicted on women and farmers by TMC leader Shahjahan's men

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Sandeshkhali Uprising in West Bengal | File Photo | Image:Republic

Sandeshkhali News: In a stark contrast, Mamata Banerjee government's ministers on Saturday visited those areas in Sandeshkhali where Section 144 has been imposed after a Left delegation was stopped from going there by local police. Earlier in the day, the police cited prohibitory orders under Section 144 for detaining the Left delegation. Delivering a speech on the Sandeshkhali protests at JNU, West Bengal State Assembly Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari and BJP West Bengal President Sukanta Majumdar highlighted several atrocities inflicted on women and farmers by TMC leader Shahjahan's men and invited all the students to Sandeshkhali. The discussion, titled 'Shattering silence: Unveiling the reality of political violence against women in West Bengal', was organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Sandeshkhali Latest News Updates:

Don't call Mamata ‘Didi’: Suvendu Adhikari on Sandeshkhali violence at JNU

Suvendu Adhikari slams Mamata govt over Sandeshkhali violence at JNU

“BJP is highlighting the ground situation in Sandeshkhali. Our PM talks about narishakti. Women reservation bill has been passed...But, look at Mamata's Bengal and the situation of women there. Don't call Mamata 'didi' as she is aunty now,” said Suvendu Adhikari.


Mamata introduced the Ibrahim Lodhi Model in Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari at JNU

“When Mamata Banerjee came, she promised a new Bengal. But, Mamata Banerjee model is for the party, by the party, of the party. She brought in the Ibrahim Lodi model in Bengal," Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari told the students present at JNU. Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee went to Jammu and Kashmir from Bengal as he wanted one nation. Today, out of 23 districts in West Bengal,9 have completely changed demography," said Suvendu Adhikari.


Shahjahan's men picked housewives up for parties. History will not forgive me if I stay quiet now: Sukanta Majumdar at JNU

Sukanta Majumdar opens up on atrocities against women in Sandeshkhali at JNU

“Sheikh Shahjahan ran away on January 6. His whereabouts are still unknown. Bengal police knows where he is but they still haven't nabbed him. The women of Sandeshkhali finally started speaking up. It boils my blood to hear what the women shared. Women say Sheikh Shahjahan's men would come to check out women and choose them for parties at night and then they were raped systemically. This is unacceptable, this cannot happen! Women started taking names of Shibu Hazra, Uttam Hazra,” Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar said at JNU.


Bengal Reeks of Corruption, Says Sukanta Majumdar at JNU

“Bengal today reeks of corruption even when recruiting teachers. Jobs are only going to TMC people. Bengal education minister openly says all TMC people to get jobs,” Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar said


“Mamata's Ministers ignored us when we brought up Shahjahan”: Sandeshkhali women

After talking to the ministers, women in Sandeshkhali told Republic: "They were ignoring us when we were talking about Shahjahan. We are asking PM to arrest Shahjahan. We are scared. We are humans."


If TMC govt is transparent, why aren't women MPs allowed to meet Sandeshkhali victims: BJP leader

Senior BJP leader Vanathi Srinivasan on Saturday wondered if the TMC government in West Bengal is transparent, why women MPs of the saffron party were prevented from visiting Sandeshkhali and meeting alleged victims of atrocities there. The BJP Mahila Morcha national president criticised the state government over allegations of sexual abuse against women in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district and alleged that women are not safe at all under TMC rule in Bengal.

"Women are not at all safe in West Bengal. If the TMC government is so transparent, why are opposition women MPs prevented from meeting the victims in Sandeshkhali? What are they trying to hide?" she asked while speaking to reporters here. 


On camera, complaints pour in about Trinamool excesses

Locals complain about lack of basic amenities in Sandeshkhali

"We don't have any roads, no access to water and no leaders listen to us," locals tell Republic.


Will tell later, says Bengal Minister in Sandeshkhali when asked about Shahjahan torturing locals

“We are looking for a solution and will find a solution soon,” said West Bengal minister Sujit Bose.


DYFI State Secretary Minakshi Mukherjee reaches Basirhat SP Office after Left delegation stopped in Sandeshkhali

Left leader Minakshi Mukherjee and her delegation, who were on the way to Dhamakhali this morning, were stopped and detained by the West Bengal Police in Majherpara, Sandeshkhali today.


TMC delegation led by State Ministers Sujit Bose and Partha Bhowmick hold meeting in Sandeshkhali amid Section 144

TMC Ministers visit the victims of Sandeshkhali 

TMC delegation has reached Sandeshkhali and are talking to locals, assuring them that their lands will be returned. Interestingly, the ministers are holding meetings where Section 144 has been imposed.


Shahjahan's close aide called for questioning by ED on Monday

Sandeshkhali main accused Shahjahan Sheikh's close aide has been called by ED for questioning on Monday, February 26.


TMC to hold party meeting in Sandeshkhali despite Section 144

In the latest update, it has been learnt that TMC will hold a party meeting in Sandeshkhali in spite of Section 144 being imposed in the area.


CPI-M party members stopped by police in Sandeshkhali

Left leader Minakshi Mukherjee and her delegation who were on the way to Dhamakhali this morning were stopped by the West Bengal Police in Majherpara, Sandeshkhali today.


TMC delegation reaches Sandeshkhali

A delegation of TMC, including ministers Sujit Bose and Partha Bhowmick and other party members, has reached Dhamakhali in Sandeshkhali.


TMC delegation to visit Sandeshkhali today

A delegation of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC aka TMC) is on their way to Sandeshkhali. Ministers Sujit Bose and Partha Bhowmick along with other party members will arrive in Dhamakhali today.


700 complaints against TMC in Sandeshkhali

The West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee initiated an outreach programme in Sandeshkhali a week ago for complaints. In six days, more than 700 complaints have reportedly been received about the atrocities of TMC.


“We have received over 700 complaints in the last six days. Over 150 were land-related and 70 were money- and extortion-related. We have started the process of identifying and returning land to genuine owners,” Arun Kumar Samanta, Block Development Officer, Sandeshkhali-II Block, told a leading daily.

Police complaint centre in Sandeshkhali

With the imposition of Section 144 in Sandeshkhali, the West Bengal police has created a complaint centre in the Bermojur area. The police officers are taking complaints from locals, who are complaining against Sheikh Shahjahan's brother Sirajuddin's oppression.

Left party members to visit Sandeshkhali today

Minakshi Mukherjee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will reach Dhamakhali around 10 am. She will represent a delegation visiting Sandeshkhali.

NHRC team reaches Sandeshkhali

A team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reached Sandeshkhali for the second consecutive day.

What happened in Sandeshkhali on February 23?

Sandeshkhali in West Bengal saw fresh protests on Friday in the ongoing agitation against accusations of sexual harassment against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shahjahan Sheikh and other members of the party.

Agitators opposed the random arrests of BJP woman leader Locket Chatterjee and protesting higher secondary students on Friday. Locals also reportedly damaged the property of accused TMC leaders and attacked the house of Ajit Maity and hit him with slippers.


Republic reporter Santu Pan had also been arrested by the West Bengal police in Sandeshkhali. The reporter was released on bail on Friday, in what is seen as a victory for the media and freedom of speech. 

Shahjahan Sheikh is also wanted in a money-laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and remains absconding. His anticipatory bail has been rejected by the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) Court.


(With inputs from agencies)


Published February 24th, 2024 at 09:58 IST