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ED officials booked in Bengal for “criminal trespass”, “intending to outrage woman’s modesty”

The West Bengal Police Saturday booked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials for alleged “criminal trespass” and “intending to outrage a woman’s modesty.”

They also registered two FIRs against unknown persons in connection with the attack on ED officials in Sandeshkhali area of North 24 Parganas district.

A day earlier, on Friday, the ED officials were attacked by a mob of men and women while the team had gone to search the house of Trinamool Congress Zilla Parishad member Shahjahan Sheikh in connection with an alleged ration distribution scam.

One of the FIRs was lodged on the basis of a complaint filed by the caretaker of Sheikh’s house, another on the basis of ED’s complaint filed on Friday and the third was registered suo motu, reported Indian Express.

The FIR against ED officials was registered are under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 441 (criminal trespass), 379 (intention to commit theft) and 354 (outraging a woman’s modesty).

The caretaker alleged that the ED officials “attempted to force their way” into the TMC leader’s residence “without showing any search warrant and in violation of the law.”

The other two FIRs were filed under IPC sections 147, 148, 149 (rioting) and 353 (assault on public servants).

In a statement on Friday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said that its officers, upon reaching Sheikh’s residence in Sandeshkhali in the morning, found the house locked with no response to calls. The ED claimed that Sheikh’s mobile phone location suggested he was inside the house at that time.

As the ED team waited, a big group of Sheikh’s supporters gathered, pushing away the police. They overpowered the officers, damaged vehicles, and took personal and official items from the ED officers, the ED alleged.

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