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CBI raids multiple locations in West Bengal, targets coal mafia kingpin

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Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: Jan. 13, 2021, 12:54 p.m.

Kolkata: West Bengal witnessed widespread raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday with 10 locations in Asansol, Durgapur and Raniganj visited by officials of the agency.

The raids were carried out in connection with a case of illegal coal mining and theft from Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL).

The operation involved around 75 CBI officials and included raids at properties of mafia kingpin Anup Majhi alias Lala, his accomplice Binoy Mishra and their relatives.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had conducted raids at 12 locations across West Bengal on Monday in connection with the coal scam. These included raids at the offices and residences of businessman Ganesh Bagadia and Sanjay Singh. The duo allegedly have links to Majhi 

Monday morning’s raids were conducted at Kolkata’s Lake Town and Garia areas, the Kanaipur area at Konnagar in Hoogly district, and North 24-Parganas district.

The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had conducted raids at a total of 45 locations in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh in November 28, 2020. This CBI operation was carried out in connection with the coal-smuggling racket.

The offices and homes of Majhi in Asansol, Durgapur, and Raniganj in Burdwan district, as well as at Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas district adjoining Kolkata were raided by the CBI during that operation.

Income Tax officials also raided the home and hotel of former MLA and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mohammad Sohrab at Kolkata’s Burrabazar area on Wednesday. The raid was carried out due to the alleged connection of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader with the cattle-smuggling racket in West Bengal and a disproportionate assets case.

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