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ED files supplementary charge sheet in Jharkhand bitumen scam case

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday said that it has filed a Supplementary charge sheet against Classic Coal Construction Pvt. Ltd, Classic Multiplex Pvt. Ltd. and their directors — Dilip Kumar Singh and Kumar Pranav in a case of bitumen scam in Jharkhand.

The supplementary charge sheet was filed under the sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a Ranchi Court in Jharkhand with a request for confiscation of attached properties totalling to Rs 1.83 crore apart from awarding punishment to the accused persons.

The ED has earlier attached three immovable properties in the form of a commercial property and a residential property, both at Ranchi and a plot in Ramgarh, held in the name of Classic Coal Construction Pvt, Ltd., Classic Multiplex Pvt. Ltd. and the erstwhile Managing Director of the Company, late Pawan Kumar Singh.

The ED registered a case of money laundering on the basis of four FIRs and charge sheets filed by CBI against Classic Coal Constructions Pvt. Ltd. and its directors Pawan Kumar Singh, Dilip Kumar Singh, 22 Engineers of the RCD department of Jharkhand government and two others.

According to the CBI charge sheet, the directors of the two companies ignored the mandate to procure bitumen from the government undertaking Oil companies like HPCL, IOCL, BPCL, etc. and submitted 492 fake or forged invoices pertaining to HPCL, Ramnagar, West Bengal, to the RCD department showing procurement of 4,630 MT of bitumen for road works and got payment in connivance with the departmental engineers on strength of these fake or forged bills to the tune of Rs 6.88 crore.

During investigation, the ED found that ill-gotten money was used to create assets and to meet miscellaneous expenditure pertaining to the company and its directors.

“After identification of proceeds of crime, two provisional attachment orders attaching assets worth Rs 2.08 crore and Rs 1.83 crore were issued.

The ED had earlier filed a charge sheet in the case.

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3 injured as fishing boat catches fires in Andhra’s Kakinada

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Three fishermen were injured on Friday when a fire broke out on their boat in Kakinada Port in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district, police said.

“Diesel spilled on the boat’s floor as the three filled the vessel’s tank around 1 pm. As they tried to jump-start the engine with the help of wires attached to a battery, sparks flew and set the spilled fuel ablaze,” a police official said.

Firefighters rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire as Kakinada Port police shifted the injured to a hospital.

A fisherman who saved himself by jumping into the water was brought to the shore with the help of onlookers.

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25 kg gold stolen at gunpoint from Muthoot Finance branch in Tamil Nadu

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Six masked persons brandishing pistols on Friday barged into a Muthoot Finance branch in Tamil Nadu’s Hosur on Friday and fled about 25 kg gold jewellery valued at about Rs 7.5 crore and Rs 96,000 cash, police said.

The gang members held up the company staff and a couple of customers at gun point, and even assaulted some of the staffers.

Police said the gang first attacked the security guard and forced him inside the branch while warning the staff not to raise any alert.

The gang then looted the jewellery and cash and escaped.

Police have started their investigation into the robbery.

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Four die in illegal mining in Jharkhand

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Four persons engaged in illegal mining died on Friday morning as mica mines caved in Jharkhand’s Koderma district. The incident occurred at the Foolwariya jungle, following which two bodies have been recovered from the mine this afternoon, the police said.

According to police, a rescue operation is underway to extract the other bodies.

When the mines caved in, there were more than 10 persons engaged in illegal mining. As many as four persons managed to escape while six persons got trapped inside the mine.

Of the six persons trapped, two were rescued by the local people but are reportedly in a critical condition.

Illegal mining of mica mines is going on for a long period of time in the state.

Illegal mining of coal, mica and bauxite mines claims many lives every year in the state.

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