Unlawful coal commerce: CBI raids 45 areas in four states

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28

The CBI said today that it had carried out a massive search operation at 45 locations in four states after registering a case against alleged coal pilferer Anup Manjhi, who was suspected to be acting in collusion with two general managers and three security personnel of Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL). The searches were spread across West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, it added.

Officials said the CBI registered the case on Friday against Manjhi, ECL GMs Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, besides chief of security Tanmay Das, area security inspector, Kunustoria, Dhananjay Rai, and SSI and security in-charge, Kajor area, Debashish Mukherjee.

In the FIR it was alleged that accused Anup Manjhi was involved in the illegal mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of the ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas, the officials said, adding that during the searches, the agency recovered Rs 40 lakh cash, documents, electronic devices and instruments of financial transactions.

The CBI acted on information from “reliable sources” indicating illegal excavation and theft of coal in the leasehold area of the ECL in “connivance” with the officials of the ECL, CISF and the Railways.

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