Multiple teams of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches at 15 locations in poll-bound West Bengal in connection with the coal smuggling money laundering case.
The ED action comes almost one and half month after it had carried out searches at 12 locations in the state in the same case.
An ED official related to the probe told IANS, “Multiple teams of ED are carrying out searches at 15 locations in Kolkata, Purulia and Durgapur of West Bengal.”
The official, wishing not to be named, said that the action of the financial probe agency was based on the assessment of the documents it seized during the raids it carried out at a dozen locations on January 11.
The official further said the agency sleuths are also searching the premises of Subhas Arjun, a chartered accountant in Kolkata’s Princep Street.
The official said the searches are on at the premises at Mahatma Gandhi road and Ganesh Chandra Avenue area of some other persons.
He also said that a team of ED sleuths has reached Howrah.
The agency had in January searched the offices and residential addresses of businessman Ganesh Bagadia and Sanjay Singh. The duo of Bagadia and Singh are believed to be linked with the illegal coal racket kingpin Anup Majhi, alias Lala, who has been named by the CBI in the coal smuggling case it registered in November last year.
The CBI had also named Eastern Coalfield Ltd. General Managers Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, ECL chief of security Tanmay Das, area security inspector Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai, and SSI and security in-charge of the Kajora area Debashish Mukherjee in the illegal coal smuggling case.
The Assembly elections in West Bengal are slated to be held in the month of April-May this year. The ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP are already engaged in a bitter war of words over the Central agency’s action.
Man ends life after police demands bribe for tracing daughter
45-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after a police official asked him for a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to trace his missing 22-year-old daughter.
According to the family members of deceased Shishupal, Ramnagar police outpost in-charge Ram Ratan Singh demanded the money from him.
Ram Ratan Singh reportedly reached where Shishupal had ended his life and tore up the suicide note when he found it.
Villagers later caught hold of him and handed him over to the police.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rohit Singh Sajwan, said that the Sub-Inspector has been shifted from the outpost and the allegation against him about asking for a bribe is under investigation.
Earlier, an FIR regarding the abduction of Shishupal’s daughter was registered at the Aonla police station on April 9.
In the FIR, Shishupal claimed that three men Banti, Mukesh and Dinesh abducted his daughter on a bike. The woman is yet to be traced.
FIR against 3 Bihar MLAs for violating Covid norms
The Bihar Police have registered an FIR against three MLAs from the opposition parties for violating Covid norms in Rohtas district, an official said.
Shyam Sunder Rai, the circle officer of the Nasriganj in Rohtas district confirmed the development.
The FIR registered against Anita Chaudhary, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA from Nokha and a former minister; Arun Singh, the CPI-ML MLA from Karakat, Vijay Kumar Mandal, RJD MLA from Dinara in Rohtas district.
The three legislators went to the Baradih village under Nasriganj police station to participate in a political event on Monday evening. The event was organized by RJD veteran leader Ram Nath Yadav. Besides them, a number of local public representatives and leaders of Rohtas district also participated in the event.
“As a duty magistrate, I found that majority of leaders are not wearing face masks and not maintaining social distancing norms. As the second wave of corona is at its peak, there is a possibility of it spreading further. Hence, I have lodged a complaint with the concerned police station against them,” Rai said.
“We have also learnt that the organizer had not taken permission from the district administration for the event,” Rai said.
Four garment shops gutted in Gurugram fire
Garments worth lakhs of rupees were reduced to ashes after a fire broke out at a shop located at Gurugram’s Sector-14 around 9 p.m. on Monday.
The flames soon spread to four adjacent shops located in the area. Fire personnel upon receiving information, rushed to the spot with four fire tenders and doused the flames, the officials said on Tuesday.
The reason for the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
According to the fire officials, the entire operation took one hour. However, nobody was injured in the incident as the shops were closed at the time of the incident.
“We received information at around 9.15 p.m. on Monday. Four fire tenders were rushed to the place and brought the situation under control in one hour. Several teams of fire personnel were deployed in the fire-fighting and evacuation operations. The incident was likely to have been caused by an electric short-circuit,” I.S. Kashyap, assistant divisional fire safety officer told IANS.
Earlier in April, the city reported three fire incidents. On April 3, around 700 illegal huts in Nathupur village in Gurugram were gutted. On April 7, Plywood and Sanitary showrooms were completely burned in a massive fire incident at Sadar Bazar area and on April 11, around 110 illegal shanties were gutted in Naharpur village. However, according to the fire officials, nobody were injured in these fire incidents.
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