ED, CBI carry out searches at 15 locations in coal case

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KOLKATA: Central investigating agencies — ED and

CBI

— on Friday conducted searches in at least 15 locations across

West Bengal

, following the money trail related to illegal coal mining and cross-border cattle smuggling. The agencies have also sought the foreign ministry’s approval to look into the overseas bank accounts of the accused.
On Friday, assisted by central forces, ED officials set out for several locations in Kolkata. They went to two premises on Ganesh Chandra Avenue and

Mahatma Gandhi Road

in central Kolkata and spoke to several businessmen. The officials also visited a mill in

Howrah

and questioned some of its office-bearers.
A CBI team, on the other hand, went to the residence of a businessman at

Bansdroni

, who the investigators think, is involved with a host of shell companies which have been used to stash illegal money. The businessman had helped some of the people linked to the case to reroute the money they had allegedly received from Anup Maji, popularly known ‘Lala’, said sources. The officials also visited the businessman’s office.
In November last year, CBI had registered a case against the alleged kingpin of illegal coal mining, Anup Majhi and officials of a nationalised coal company.
TMC functionary

Firhad Hakim

said, “BJP is trying to intimidate people. They think they can intimidate some political workers through ED and CBI and use them for their own gain. But such things will stop after May.”

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