Six-member BJP’s central fact-finding team leaves for trouble-torn Sandeshkhali

Kolkata, Feb 16 (UNI) President Jagat Prakash Nadda appointed a six-member BJP fact-finding team on Friday and left for restive Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas after it arrived in the city, party sources said.

Union minister Annapurna Devi, her ministerial colleague Pratima Bhowmick, MPs Sunita Duggal, Kabita Patidar, Sangita Yadav Brij Lal, and Asansol MLA Agnimitra Paul to accompany them with the fact-finding team at Sandeshkhali, where as many as 19 points have been under Section 144 CR PC, which was imposed on Thursday.

The central team, which was formed on Thursday after its on-the-spot study, would report to Nadda on his arrival in New Delhi, sources said.

BJP Bengal unit President Sukanta Majumdar and opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari were prevented by the state police on Wednesday and Thursday, far from the Sandeshkhali area, party sources alleged.

Majumdar also sustained injuries after a scuffle with police at Taki, where he fell unconscious on the road and was finally shifted to a private hospital in the city.

Adhikari announced that the party would seek court intervention to explain why the police were preventing them from going to Sandeshkhali even after undertaking they would move to the restive place with only four members.

The central team arrived in the city on Thursday night after Nadda had tasked the team to rush and meet women who had accused the Trinamool leaders’ of sexual assault and submit a report to him.

Meanwhile, protests, especially from women villagers, continued at Sandeshkhali, demanding the arrest of absconding Sahjahan Sheikh and Sbibu Sardar.

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