In the case of illegal mining, raids are being conducted continuously in Jharkhand by the ED. During this, AK47 has been recovered from the premises of Prem Prakash, aide of Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
Ranchi: In a major crackdown in Jharkhand, ED seizes weapons today from the house of Prem Prakash. Two AK-47s have been recovered from the house of Prem Prakash, a close aide of CM Hemant Soren. Prem Prakash is considered to have a lot of penetration in the political circles. It is believed that it has a hand in every major tender and transfer and posting of IAS-IPS. The weapons were kept in an almirah at Prem Prakash’s rented house in Harmu Housing Colony.
The federal probe agency raided multiple locations in Jharkhand today in connection with the money-laundering investigation into alleged illegal mining in the state.
sources saying that the raids were carried out at 17-20 premises following the questioning of Pankaj Mishra, a political aide of Hemant Soren, and Mishra’s associate and muscleman Bachhu Yadav.
Raids are being conducted at 20 locations in Jharkhand since this morning. These raids are taking place at the locations of Prem Prakash. The ED team has reached the Harmu area of Ranchi and CRPF has taken over the front here. Prem Prakash’s office is closed for a long time. Raids are going on at 11 locations in Ranchi. Raids are going on at 17 locations in Jharkhand. This case is related to illegal mining.
The ED began its probe after the agency raided Mishra and his aides on July 8. The ED conduccted searches at 19 locations in Sahibganj, Barhet, Rajmahal, Mirza Chauki and Barharwa in Jharkhand in connection with the case.
Following the raids, the ED seized funds amounting to Rs 13.32 crore from 50 bank accounts. The agency also seized one inland vessel worth Rs 30 crore, named MV Infralink-III, which was allegedly being used Mishra.
In March, the ED filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Mishra, alleging that he “illegally grabbed or amassed huge assets in his favour”, sources reported.
“The evidence collected during the course of the investigation, including the statements of various persons, digital evidence and documents, revealed that the seized cash or bank balance is derived from illegal mining being rampantly done in the Sahibganj area, including the forest area,” the ED had said after the July raids.