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ED raids over dozen locations in Jharkhand, Bengal in illegal land grabbing case

New Delhi: On Friday, The Enforcement Directorate launched raids over dozen locations in West Bengal and Jharkhand as part of a money laundering probe against those illegally occupying Indian Army lands, sources said.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday, The Enforcement Directorate launched raids over dozen locations in West Bengal and Jharkhand as part of a money laundering probe against those illegally occupying Indian Army lands, sources said.

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As per sources, The federal agency is searching about eight locations in Ranchi and adjoining areas and four places in Kolkata including the premises linked to arrested businessman Amit Agarwal.

Some real estate dealers, private persons and linked entities are being searched by ED teams, they said. It is learnt that several acres of Army land in Jharkhand were illegally occupied in connivance with ‘land mafias’ and politicians.

The probe stems from a Jharkhand Police FIR filed to investigate alleged use of forged papers in sale and purchase of defence land, they said. The Enforcement Directorate last month arrested Amit Agrawal in connection with a money laundering case. ED officials arrested Amit Agrawal in the connection with a seizure of ₹50 lakh from an advocate Rajiv Kumar in Kolkata on July 31.

This case also has links to the alleged illegal mining case being probed by the ED in which it recently summoned Soren and has arrested one of his aides and two others. Also, the ED has filed a prosecution complaint against 19 accused persons and entities, including the chairman of SRS Group of Companies, Anil Jindal, and directors Jitender Kumar Garg, Praveen Kumar Kapoor, and Vinod Jindal. The individuals have been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), in a case related to fraud committed against various homebuyers and investors. The ED had earlier attached assets worth Rs 2,045 crore in the case at hand.

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