Sandeshkhali: CBI slaps attempt to murder charges against Shahjahan Sheikh | India News

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shahajahan Sheikh, his brother, and five others, accusing them of criminal conspiracy and attempted murder in connection with a violent mob attack on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team in Sandeshkhali on January 5.
The charge sheet, submitted before a Basirhat special court on Monday, marks a crucial step in the investigation into the incident, where an ED team faced aggression from a mob of approximately 1,000 individuals during a raid on Sheikh’s residence.
The raid was part of the probe into a multi-crore ration distribution scam in West Bengal, with Sheikh allegedly having close ties to the arrested former state food minister Jyoti Priya Mallick, a key figure in the investigation.
Among the seven individuals named in the charge sheet are Sheikh, his brother Alomgir, and their associates Jiauddin Mollah, Mafujar Mollah, and Didarbaksh Mollah. The charges brought forth by the CBI include sections of criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with rioting and unlawful activities.
Sandeshkhali, situated approximately 80 kilometers from Kolkata, has garnered attention due to allegations of land-grabbing and sexual abuse levied against Sheikh and his associates, who are predominantly engaged in fish farming and trading activities.
The CBI’s involvement in the investigation follows its takeover of three cases related to the incidents on January 5. Sheikh was initially apprehended by state police on February 29, subsequently coming under the custody of the CBI on March 6 as part of the ongoing probe.
(With inputs from agencies)

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