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Sandeshkhali Tension: Over 1,250 Complaints Filed by Villagers

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At government camps in the unrest-plagued Sandeshkhali region of West Bengal, where the administration is implementing a mass outreach program to address local grievances, more than 1,250 complaints have been received, 400 of which are related to land disputes, according to officials.
Sandeshkhali Block 2, the focal point of the violent protests that were sparked by claims of sexual misconduct and land infringement by local Trinamool leaders, has been responsible for the majority of the nearly 1,000 complaints.

“Since February 18, when government assistance camps commenced operations, the collective tally of applications from Sandeshkhali and adjacent areas has surpassed 1,250, with the majority stemming from Sandeshkhali Block 2,” a senior official of the Basirhat sub-division, which oversees Sandeshkhali, told PTI.

Over 1,250 complaints, including 400 related to land disputes, have been received at government camps in the restive Sandeshkhali region of West Bengal, where the administration is conducting a mass outreach programme to address grievances of locals, officials said.

Sandeshkhali Block 2, the epicentre of the violent protests triggered by allegations of land encroachment and sexual misconduct involving local Trinamool leaders, has contributed the largest share of close to 1,000 complaints.

“Since February 18, when government assistance camps commenced operations, the collective tally of applications from Sandeshkhali and adjacent areas has surpassed 1,250, with the majority stemming from Sandeshkhali Block 2,” a senior official of the Basirhat sub-division, which oversees Sandeshkhali, told PTI.

“We are mobilising resources both within the party and in the administration to swiftly redress land-related grievances. Additionally, efforts are underway to expedite the resolution of extortion allegations. Police are also looking into the allegations of sexual abuse and torture,” he told PTI.

The BJP, meanwhile, accused the Trinamool and local administration of complicity in crimes against women and exploitation of villagers.

Samik Bhattacharya, a BJP spokesperson, questioned the timing of Trinamool’s response.

“Why did such atrocities occur under their watch? The Trinamool Congress and the local administration colluded in perpetrating violence against women,” he claimed.

Sandeshkhali is still experiencing tense conditions as authorities work to resolve the region’s many problems.

The main cause of the unrest in Sandeshkhali is the accusations of sexual assault and land encroachment made against Trinamool leader Shajahan Sheikh and his followers. Since the January 5 mob attack on Enforcement Directorate officials, Sheikh has stayed elusive.

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