In a significant development, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan, who had been evading arrest for over a month in connection with the Sandeshkhali violence case, was apprehended by the West Bengal Police. The arrest took place on Wednesday night in the Minakhan area of North 24 Parganas, following extensive efforts by both state and central agencies.

Arrest and Court Proceedings

The Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Minakhan, Aminul Islam Khan, reported that Sheikh Shahjahan was taken into custody and subsequently presented before the Basirhat Court on Thursday morning. The court appearance is scheduled for 2 pm on the same day. Security has been heightened at the Basirhat Sub-Divisional Court in anticipation of this significant event.

Political Statements and Background

Sukanta Majumdar, the West Bengal State president, commented on the arrest, attributing it to continuous agitation by the BJP. He stated, “Due to the continuous agitation by the BJP, this government was compelled to arrest Sheikh Shahjahan.” Majumdar emphasized that the government was initially in denial mode about the incidents surrounding Sheikh Shahjahan, indicating a shift prompted by public pressure.

Protests and Allegations

A section of women in the Sandeshkhali region had been demanding justice against alleged atrocities committed by Sheikh Shahjahan and his close aides. Accusations ranged from land-grabbing to sexual assault under coercion. The protests gained momentum, leading to a widespread outcry against the TMC leader.

Legal Developments

The arrest followed a directive from the Calcutta High Court Chief Justice, who ordered Sheikh Shahjahan to be included in the Sandeshkhali case. The court asserted, “There is no reason to not arrest him,” signaling a decisive legal move against the accused. The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) had previously conducted raids at several locations, including Sheikh Shahjahan’s residence, in connection with an alleged land-grabbing case.


The arrest of Sheikh Shahjahan brings a new dimension to the Sandeshkhali violence case, reflecting the intersection of legal proceedings, political dynamics, and public sentiments. As the TMC leader faces the Basirhat Court, the outcome of the legal proceedings will be closely monitored, shedding light on the broader implications for the political landscape in West Bengal.

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