Two arrested in Sandeshkhali case in West Bengal in connection with the ED attacks

Two persons were arrested on Friday in connection with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attacks which were planned on a team of officials when they were planning to raid the house of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shajahan Sheikh in Sandeshkhali on January 5, police said.

“We have arrested two persons – Mukhibur Rehman and Sukamal Sardar – early this morning. They were produced in court. The court sent them to police custody for three days,” said Joby Thomas K, superintendent of Basirhat police district.

ED has issued a lookout notice for Sheikh and he is yet to be arrested by the authorities. “We have stated in our complaint letter with the police that ED officials had been speaking with Sheikh that morning. He hung up when he came to know that ED officials were at his doorsteps. Thereafter both his mobile phones were found engaged constantly. The locations of both phones were showing that he was inside the house,” an ED official stated.

There has been an accusation led by the federal agency on the state police of diluting the charges pressed against the accused persons in the Sandeshkhali case. Meanwhile, the police has registered an FIR against the ED officials on the basis of a complaint which had been lodged by Sheikh’s caretaker of the house. On the other hand, the Calcutta high court had issued an interim stay on the FIR till March 31 on Thursday.

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