Violence erupts in Sandeshkhali again, women scuffle with police

Violence erupts in Sandeshkhali again, women scuffle with police

Kolkata | In less than 24 hours after the election was over, trouble-torn Sandehkhali witnessed another round of skirmishes between women and the police on Sunday when the personnel went there and detained one person in connection with attacks on policemen.

Local women in Agarhati village in Sandeshkhali area got involved in a scuffle with the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, fell tree trunks, and blocked roads when the police personnel reached there in search of a few persons accused of attacking them on Saturday night, a senior police officer said.

"We have not arrested anyone, but local women have started protesting. Some of our female colleagues are injured. We are trying to talk to them and remove the barricades from the roads," the officer in Basirhat Police District told PTI.

There was an attempt by local women to snatch the detained person, but the move was foiled, he said.

"We are trying to bring the situation under control. A huge number of RAF, Quick Response Team (QRT) and policemen are present here," the officer said.

Sandeshkhali -- a riverine delta bordering the Sundarbans -- has been on the boil since January 5, when a team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was attacked when it had gone to raid the premises of TMC strongman Shajahan Sheikh in connection with an alleged ration scam.

Sheikh and his accomplices were arrested by the West Bengal Police on February 29 in connection with the attack on the ED officers.

After the attack by a mob of around 1,000 people in which three ED officials were injured, a deputy director of the agency had given a complaint to the superintendent of police, Basirhat.

'Worried' Bengal Guv asks Mamata to intervene

Kolkata | West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose on Sunday said he was worried after getting reports about post-poll violence in Sandeshkhali, and asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to intervene immediately and restore peace there.

Speaking to PTI, Bose said that he has written to Banerjee asking her to inform him about the action taken against those involved in the incidents of violence in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district.

"I am a bit worried about the situation in Sandeshkhali. From the inputs I have received, I have come to know about incidents of attacks on the women of Sandeshkhali within hours after the polling was over yesterday. I have written to the Chief Minister about the steps taken in this regard," Bose said.

"If such attacks continue and the inhabitants are tortured, I will open the doors of the Raj Bhavan for them to come and stay here. They will be provided safe shelter here," he added.

In less than 24 hours after the election was over, trouble-torn Sandehkhali on Sunday witnessed another round of skirmishes between women and the police when the personnel went there and detained one person in connection with attacks on policemen the previous night.

Women in Agarhati village in Sandeshkhali got involved in a scuffle with the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, fell tree trunks, and blocked roads when the police went there in search of a few persons who had allegedly attacked them, a senior police officer said.

400 companies of central forces to stay in Bengal till June 19

Kolkata | As reports of post-poll violence are coming from parts of West Bengal, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday decided to extend the stay of around 400 companies of central forces till June 19, a senior official said.

The decision was taken following a review of the current law and order situation of the post-poll West Bengal, he added.

"The central forces will now stay till June 19 primarily in the sensitive areas to see that the law and order there is not disturbed," the official told PTI.

The deployment schedule of these forces was also decided in the meeting.

Earlier, the poll panel had decided to retain the central forces personnel till June 6, two days after the counting was scheduled.

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