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BJP leader arrested in Howrah for alleged involvement in sex racket: TMC

  • TMC accuses BJP leader Sabyasachi Ghosh of running a sex racket involving minor girls in Howrah
  • 11 accused, including Ghosh, arrested; six minor girls rescued from Howrah's Sankrail, as per TMC
  • Sandeshkhali witnesses protests over alleged sexual violence; ED files fresh case against Sheikh Shahjahan

23 Feb 2024

The political landscape in West Bengal is tense as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has accused BJP leader Sabyasachi Ghosh of running a sex racket involving minor girls in Howrah. According to TMC, the state police have arrested Ghosh along with 10 others and rescued six minor girls from the alleged sex racket operating in Howrah's Sankrail. The TMC criticized the BJP, asserting that the party prioritizes protecting individuals involved in such activities rather than ensuring the safety of women and daughters.

This development unfolds amidst heightened tensions in Sandeshkhali, where protests erupted over allegations of sexual violence. Women protesters demanded justice for alleged land-grabbing and coercion by TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his aides.

The situation in Sandeshkhali escalated further as fresh protests erupted, leading to the burning of a thatched structure linked to TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan. The Director General of Police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar, who visited Sandeshkhali on Wednesday, urged villagers not to take the law into their own hands. In response, the saffron camp criticized Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the TMC for neglecting women's issues.

BJP MP Locker Chatterjee and other women leaders were detained while attempting to visit the area, citing Section 144. Sandeshkhali has been witnessing unrest for over 10 days, with women protestors seeking justice for alleged land-grabbing and sexual assault under coercion by TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his aides. In the midst of these developments, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a fresh case against Shahjahan Sheikh, who has been absconding since a mob, allegedly affiliated with him, attacked ED officials during a search in connection with a ration scam in January.

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