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ED raids six locations in Kolkata, including Salt Lake flat and Park Street

  • ED conducts raids at six locations in Kolkata related to the alleged 'Ration Distribution' scam
  • Former West Bengal minister and other officials have been arrested in connection with the case
  • Among the locations targeted were a flat in Salt Lake and five other areas including Park Street, Russell Street, Baguihati, and Kaikhali

13 Feb 2024

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) initiated fresh raids at six locations in Kolkata as part of their ongoing investigation into the alleged corruption scandal surrounding the public distribution system (PDS) in West Bengal. Among the locations targeted were a flat in Salt Lake and five other areas including Park Street, Russell Street, Baguihati, and Kaikhali. Central Force personnel accompanied the ED sleuths during the searches, which began at 7 am.

Former West Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick, former Bangaon mayor Shankar Adhya, and businessman Bakibur Rahman have already been arrested by the ED in connection with the scam. According to the central agency, Mallick allegedly utilized three shell companies for laundering the proceeds of the crime.

On Tuesday, ED officials knocked at the door of a house in IB Block, Salt Lake. When a woman opened the door, the investigators inquired about a businessman named Biswajit Das. As Das was not at home, the officials contacted him over the phone and later they entered the house showing a ‘search warrant’. The police came to the spot on receiving information about the raid.

while Adhya and his family reportedly owned over 90 foreign exchange trading companies with transactions totaling Rs 20,000 crore abroad. The ED suspects a significant portion of this money could be linked to the alleged 'ration corruption.'

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