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West Bengal ration scam: ED files new case against accused Shahjahan Sheikh

A series of raids were carried out at multiple locations connected to Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates, covering six different sites.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Kolkata Updated on: February 23, 2024 9:45 IST
Sheikh Shahjahan
Image Source : SOCIAL MEDIA Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken a significant step in the investigation into the West Bengal ration scam by filing a fresh case against Shahjahan Sheikh and other individuals allegedly involved. The case focuses on potential money laundering activities linked to land grabbing. 

Fresh investigation under PMLA

In response to the serious allegations of land grabbing, the central agency has launched a new Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), akin to a First Information Report (FIR), under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Raids conducted at multiple locations

Simultaneously, the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids at the properties associated with a West Bengal businessman allegedly linked to Sheikh Shahjahan. The searches extended to his residence in Howrah and other locations within Sandeshkhali.

Outcry prompts protests

The allegations against Sheikh Shahjahan and his associates have ignited public outcry, particularly among the women of Sandeshkhali in the North 24 Parganas district. Accusing the TMC leader and his supporters of coercion and sexual assault, residents have launched a massive protest demanding swift action and his immediate arrest.

Leader remains at large

Despite mounting pressure and demands for accountability, Sheikh Shahjahan has evaded authorities since January 5. On that day, a group purportedly associated with him attacked Enforcement Directorate officials during a raid linked to a ration scam investigation. His continued evasion underscores the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in bringing him to justice.

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