New Delhi, February 16: NCSC chief Arun Halder on Friday said the commission has recommended the imposition of President's rule in West Bengal in its report submitted to President Droupadi Murmu on alleged harassment of women by TMC supporters in Sandeshkhali. A delegation of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had visited Sandeshkhali on Thursday after a large number of women claimed that TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh and his supporters captured swathes of land by force and also sexually harassed them. Sandeshkhali Violence: Women Commission Chairperson Rekha Sharma to Visit Violence-hit Region on February 19, Hold Meeting With Chief Secretary and DGP of West Bengal

Speaking to reporters after submitting the report to the President, Halder shared a brief account of atrocities and violence endured by the people of Sandeshkhali. "We have recommended that President's rule should be imposed in West Bengal over the situation there," he said. Criminals in the state have joined hands with the government there, he said. BJP Forms 6-member Panel to Inquire Sandeshkhali Sexual Harassment Incidents

The violence in Sandeshkhali is also impacting the people from Scheduled Caste communities, Halder said. Many women in Sandeshkhali are demanding the immediate arrest of Sheikh, who has been absconding since an Enforcement Directorate (ED) team that raided his house in connection with an alleged ration scam was attacked by a mob last month.