Arms could have been planted by CBI: Mamata Banerjee accuses BJP of setting up plot to defame

The CBI's raid on a house in Sandeshkhali, conducted as part of its investigation into an attack on Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Recent recovery of arms and ammunition from a residence in Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parganas, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has ignited a contentious debate between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The TMC has raised suspicions, suggesting that the recovery might have been orchestrated by central agencies.

Mamata banerjee was speaking in a rally

Addressing a rally in Kulti, West Burdwan district, TMC leader Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of orchestrating a plot to defame the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. She questioned the authenticity of the recovery, implying that the arms could have been planted by the CBI. Banerjee's remarks underscore a growing political tension between the TMC and the BJP in West Bengal.

The CBI's raid on a house in Sandeshkhali, conducted as part of its investigation into an attack on Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials, resulted in the seizure of arms and explosives. Banerjee criticized the deployment of national security forces without prior notification to the state police, characterizing it as unilateral action by central agencies.

What happened in Sandeshkhali?

Sandeshkhali first garnered attention on January 5 when ED officials were attacked by a mob during a raid on the house of TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan. The subsequent recovery of arms has intensified the political standoff between the TMC and the BJP, with both sides exchanging allegations.

Responding to Banerjee's accusations, the BJP raised questions about the source of a police revolver found in Shahjahan's possession, suggesting potential links to the state armory. BJP's IT cell head, Amit Malviya, accused the TMC of fostering a terror syndicate and called for accountability from the state government.

Blast at BJP leader's Dilip Das?

Meanwhile, a blast occurred at the residence of BJP leader Dilip Das in Hasnabad, triggering another political dispute. Banerjee condemned the incident, attributing it to the BJP's desperation to win elections through violence. TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh urged investigative agencies to probe the blast and questioned BJP leaders' involvement.

In response, BJP leader Rahul Sinha dismissed TMC's allegations, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation into the arms recovery and the blast. The political tension in West Bengal continues to escalate as the state braces for crucial elections amidst heightened scrutiny and electoral rivalry.