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The agency’s statement came on the attack on ED officers in Bengal, said- three officers got injured

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ED’s statement on the attack on officers

New Delhi: The agency’s statement has come on the attack on Enforcement Directorate officials in West Bengal on Friday morning. The agency official said that during its raid on Friday in 24 Parganas district of the state, its officers suffered serious injuries in a mob attack and their items like mobile phones and wallets were looted. In an official statement issued late Friday evening, the federal agency said it has lodged a complaint with the local police to register an FIR against the accused. The ED team was attacked when it had gone to search the residence of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas in connection with the ration distribution scam.

“ED officials were attacked by a mob (suspectedly instigated by Shaikh and his associates) while performing their duties,” the agency said. Three officers suffered serious injuries as the mob was moving towards the ED officers with the aim of killing them.” ED said that the injured officers are being treated in a hospital. The federal agency said other officers had to flee the scene without being searched to save their lives, as the crowd became violent and even chased the officers to prevent them from carrying out their official duties.

The mob also looted items from the officers

Issuing a statement, the ED said, “The mob also snatched or looted personal/government items of ED officers like mobile phones, laptops, cash, wallets etc.” The agency said, “FIR against the culprits and necessary action.” Necessary complaint was lodged with the police station having jurisdiction.” As soon as the search team reached Sheikh’s residence, the door was found locked from inside and he refused to open it. The agency said its officials contacted the Central Reserve Police Force. Tried to open the door with the help of (CRPF) personnel.

Shahjahan Sheikh was inside the house at the time of the incident.

The agency said that Shahjahan Sheikh was inside the house at the time of the incident. After this, within half an hour a crowd of about 800 to 1000 people started moving towards the ED team. The people in the crowd had sticks, stones, bricks etc. in their hands. They surrounded the ED officers and CRPF personnel.” The agency said, ”Suddenly the mob started attacking the ED officers and CRPF personnel, pelted stones at them and attacked the officers and 27 CRPF personnel with sticks. Also raised slogans against ED officers.” ED said the mob damaged the vehicles of officers and security personnel.

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