ED raids residences of associates of absconding TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh

ED conducted raids and search operations at 5 different places in and around the city including Howrah, Bijoygarh and Birati, said senior officer

On 5 January, a team of ED officers were assaulted by a mob when they tried to enter the residence of Shahjahan Sheikh at Sandeshkhali (photo: @abirghoshal/X)
On 5 January, a team of ED officers were assaulted by a mob when they tried to enter the residence of Shahjahan Sheikh at Sandeshkhali (photo: @abirghoshal/X)
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday, 23 February conducted raids at residences of businessmen associated with absconding Trinamool Congress leader Shahjahan Sheikh in connection with an old case of fraudulent land grab, a senior officer said.

Raids and search operations were started by the ED early Friday morning at five different places in and around the city including Howrah, Bijoygarh and Birati, he said.

"These raids are in connection with an old case of fraudulent land grab against Shahjahan Sheikh and his associates. These people were involved in fish businesses with Shahjahan. We are looking for a few specific documents", the officer said.

The ECIR is generally filed by the ED as the case Information report. It is similar to a First Information Report (FIR) in criminal cases, he explained.

On 5th January, a team of ED officers were assaulted by a mob when they tried to enter the residence of Shahjahan Sheikh at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Three officers were injured in the attack. The district police and Sheikh's family members had lodged a complaint against the ED officers.

Shahjahan Sheikh has been absconding since then.

Sandeshkhali has been in the national news after local women alleged of being gang raped and forcible land grabs by Shahjahan and his men, who are involved in fish business.

Police have till date arrested 18 people including two TMC leaders and a close aide of Shahjahan.

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