The CBI today (November 28) raided 30 locations in West Bengal in connection with a coal smuggling racket, allegedly led by in Asansol based kingpin named Anup Majhi.
The CBI today (November 28) raided 30 locations in West Bengal in connection with a case of illegal mining and theft of coal from public sector coal firm Eastern Coalfield Limited.
The search operations were based on an FIR filed on Friday (November 27), which named two general managers, two other officials, and the chief security officer of ECL.
According to sources, Mr Majhi, the alleged kingpin of the illegal operation, belongs from West Bengal’s Asansol.
Premised being raided include offices and homes of Mr. Majhi’s associates in Asansol, Durgapur, and Raniganj in Burdwan district, as well as Bishnupur in the South 24 Parganas district.
The other three states where the raids are on or may begin shortly are Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar.
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Mr Majhi, also known as Lala, allegedly runs an operation in open cast coal mines along the Bengal-Jharkhand border.
The income tax department was investigating Mr Majhi and had served notice on him earlier this month.
However, the agency has registered a case for alleged illegal mining and theft of coal from ECL's Kunustoria and Kajoria fields.
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Last Updated Nov 28, 2020, 3:34 PM IST