Sandeshkhali: Who is the BJP targeting as Sheikh Shahjahan of the TMC?

NewsSandeshkhali: Who is the BJP targeting as Sheikh Shahjahan of the TMC?


Sheikh Shahjahan faces numerous charges, including harassment and money laundering. Sandeshkhali, an assembly seat in the North 24 Parganas region of West Bengal, is still tense due to claims made by local Trinamool Congress politicians of being harassed and exploited. Sandeshkhali gained notoriety on January 7 when a mob stormed an Enforcement Directorate team that had come to search the home of local TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan in relation to the public distribution system scam.

Since February 7, villagers led by women in the community have staged violent protests against what they claim to be harassment and exploitation by local TMC officials, even as Sheikh Shahjahan has managed to avoid prosecution. Shahjahan faces numerous charges, including harassment and money laundering. He’s running away.

While the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been blamed by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for the tensions, the TMC head has been accused by the BJP and Congress of shielding individuals who are accused of sexual exploitation.

Leader of the opposition in West Bengal and BJP MLA Nandigram wrote on X on February 11 about how Sheikh Shahjahan and his group started a “reign of terror” during which women from the SC and ST communities have had their dignity and modesty constantly assaulted.

Mamata Banerjee was also criticized by Union Minister Smriti Irani, who said that Sandeshkhali is a deliberate target for young married Hindu women. Mamata Banerjee is infamous for her role in the Hindu slaughter.

On February 12, she declared that she would now permit her guys to choose young married Hindu ladies to be sexually assaulted at the TMC office.

Political tensions in the state increased on Friday when senior BJP and Congress leaders were prevented by authorities from entering the volatile Sandeshkhali.

Sheikh Shahjahan is who?

Known by his nickname “Bhai,” Shahjahan Sheikh, 42, began his career as a part-time laborer in the Sandeshkhali block’s fisheries in North 24 Parganas, close to the Bangladesh border. Sheikh started out as a laborer in Sandeshkhali’s brick kilns and fishery. Of his four siblings, he is the oldest.

Sheikh was a union leader in the brick kilns when he entered politics in 2004. Later, he became a member of the local CPI (M) unit and continued to be active in West Bengal’s shifting political climate. Sheikh, who was well-known for his vehement speeches and organizational abilities, attracted the interest of the Trinamool Congress leadership in 2012.

The 42-year-old was supervised by Jyotipriyo Mullick, the district president of the TMC in North 24 Parganas, and Mukul Roy, the former national general secretary of the organization. He rose to prominence quickly and became close to Mullick. Sheikh rose to notoriety in 2018 when she was appointed Sarberia Agarhati Gram Panchayat’s deputy head. His younger brothers work at TMC as well. They oversee his company’s land transactions as well. Sheikh is also a sought-after person in the community for mediating land disputes and family conflicts.

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