The CBI on Saturday morning raided 45 places across four states with respect to a case of illegal mining and theft of coal from a public sector coal firm called Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) operating in West Bengal and Jharkhand. These search operations were based on an FIR which was filed on Friday naming two general managers, two other officials, and the chief security officer of ECL, alongside a private person, Anup Majhi. According to many anonymous sources, Mr. Majhi is the alleged kingpin of the illegal operations in West Bengal. Residential areas, as well as commercial areas in the name of Majhi in Asansol, are being searched along that of his other associates.
Among other states that have been named, there are Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar where the raids may be on or may begin shortly, no information has been confirmed about the same. Many other areas other than Asansol have been raided and searched such as Durgapur, Raniganj in Burdwan, and Bishnupur in the South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. An alleged case of alleged illegal mining and theft of coal from ECL’s Kunustoria and Kajoria fields had been filed with the CBI earlier this month.
Some 45 places across these four states were raided on November 28 by CBI. Cases have been registered against several people as well as officials of Eastern Coalfields Limited, Indian Railways, and CISF in connection with illegal trade and theft of coal. Majhi is also known as Lala and has been named in running operations in open cast coal mines along the Bengal-Jharkhand border. Earlier in November, Anup Majhi was served a notice by the income tax department. CBI had also arrested Enamul Haq in West Bengal’s Murshidabad area who was an alleged cattle smuggling kingpin. Haq was allegedly involved in a cattle smuggling racket operating at the India-Bangladesh border. A Border Security Force officer with links to the racket was also arrested. Enamul Haque was granted interim bail after testing positive for COVID-19.
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