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BJP Suvendu Adhikari Stopped From Visiting Sandeshkali, Section 144 Imposed

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In a dramatic turn of events, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari was prevented from visiting Sandeshkhali, a politically charged island in West Bengal, despite having received a court nod for the visit. Authorities in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal, have imposed Section 144 at five new locations ahead of his planned visit to the region.

Background

The Sandeshkhali island, located in the North 24 Parganas district, has been at the center of controversy. Multiple allegations of sexual violence by Trinamool Congress leaders and reports of women facing harassment and extortion have brought the island into the spotlight. The situation escalated further when Suvendu Adhikari, along with CPM’s Brinda Karat, planned to visit the troubled region.

Court Permission to Suvendu Adhikari and the Unexpected Hurdle

Suvendu Adhikari had sought High Court permission for the visit, which was granted. However, despite the court’s approval, he and other BJP leaders were barred from entering Sandeshkhali1. The reasons behind this unexpected hurdle remain unclear, but it has added fuel to the already heated political landscape in West Bengal.

Section 144: A Restrictive Measure

Section 144 is a legal provision that prohibits the assembly of more than four people in a specified area. It is often invoked to maintain public order and prevent potential disturbances. In the case of Sandeshkhali, this imposition comes as a precautionary step to prevent any untoward incidents during Suvendu Adhikari’s visit.

Demands and Accusations

Protestors in Sandeshkhali are demanding the arrest of Trinamool Congress leader Shahjahan Sheikh. Allegations against Sheikh include his alleged involvement in a land ration scam and rape incidents1. The situation remains tense, with both political factions closely monitoring developments.

Court Orders and Political Showdown

Interestingly, the Calcutta High Court had recently granted Suvendu Adhikari permission to visit Sandeshkhali, lifting Section 144 for seven days3. However, the subsequent imposition of Section 144 raises questions about the state government’s stance and the delicate balance between maintaining law and order and allowing political leaders to carry out their duties.

The incident has intensified the ongoing political battle between the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress. While the BJP alleges atrocities and demands justice for the victims, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accuses the BJP of creating unrest. The situation remains volatile, and all eyes are on how the authorities handle this delicate issue.

Supreme Court’s Role

Earlier, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a plea for a CBI or SIT probe into the sexual assault case in Sandeshkhali3. With the court’s decision, the focus now shifts to the ground reality and the actions of political leaders.

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