Enforcement Directorate raids Sheikh Shahjahan's brick kiln in Sandeshkhali

The Enforcement Directorate raided a brick kiln belonging to suspended Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali. Shahjahan is in CBI custody in connection with the attack on a probe agency team in January.
Enforcement Directorate raids Sheikh Shahjahan's brick kiln in Sandeshkhali
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The Enforcement Directorate early on Thursday conducted raids on a brick kiln belonging to suspended Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan in trouble-torn Sandeshkhali in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.

The raids were done in connection with a land grab case filed against Sheikh Shahjahan. Probe agency officials were accompanied by paramilitary personnel, including women jawans.

Several teams of the Enforcement Directorate reached Sandeshkhali around 6:30 am. While one team was raiding Sheikh Shahjahan's brick kiln, another team was conducting searches in the Dhamakhali area in Sandeshkhali.

The Enforcement Directorate also carried out raids at Trinamool Congress leader Nazrul Mollah's residence in Kolkata. Nazrul Mollah runs fisheries in Sandeshkhali.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Shahjahan is currently in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody till March 14 (Thursday) in connection with the attack on an Enforcement Directorate team in Sandeshkhali on January 5.

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Enforcement Directorate raids Sheikh Shahjahan's brick kiln in Sandeshkhali

The CBI has taken over investigation in three cases related to incidents on January 5, when probe agency officials were attacked by an around 1000-strong mob when they went to search Sheikh Shahjahan's premises in connection with the agency's investigation into an alleged ration distribution scam case. A former state minister has been arrested in the ration case.

Sheikh Shahjahan was arrested by the West Bengal Police on February 29 after being on the run for nearly two months. The arrest came a day after the Calcutta High Court ordered that the CBI, Enforcement Directorate or the police could arrest him.

Several women in Sandeshkhali have been staging protests against Sheikh Shahjahan and his associates and accusing them of land grab and sexual assault under coercion, a controversy that has sparked a war of words between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

The CBI on Monday arrested three alleged associates of Sheikh Shahjahan, including his security guard, in connection with the January 5 attack on an Enforcement Directorate team, officials said.

The CBI had also summoned nine aides and associates of Sheikh Shahjahan for questioning in the case on Monday.

The agency suspects that these nine individuals were allegedly part of the attack on Enforcement Directorate officials and instigated the crowd to target the team when they went to raid the premises of Sheikh Shahjahan at Sandeshkhali, officials said.

Source: India Today

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