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West Bengal: CBI searches at multiple locations in connection with cattle smuggling, raid at close aide of TMC leader Anubrata Mondal

CBI search underway at the house of a businessman, in Bolpur, Birbhum in cattle smuggling case. He is a close aide of TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Birbhum: In yet another incident of smuggling came to from from Bengal. Investigation agency on Wednesday conducts raid at four places in West Bengal (Bolpur and Kolkata) in connection with the cattle smuggling case. According to officials, a CBI search is going on at the residence of a businessman in Birbhum’s Bolpur. He is a close aide of TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mandal. A Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillor Biswajyoti Bandyopadhyay, who shares close ties with arrested party strongman Anubrata Mondal, was detained for questioning during the searches.

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Trinamool Congress (TMC) Birbhum district president Anubrata Mandal was sent to 14-day judicial custody by the CBI Special Court in the alleged cattle smuggling case last week.

“Names of these three persons had come up during our investigation. We need to find out what were their exact roles and how much they benefitted from the scam,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Several documents have been seized in the raids, and is now being examined by the CBI to ascertain their role in the scam.

“We are talking to these people to find out relevant information about their involvement. We are verifying the documents that have been seized,” the official added.

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Anubrata Mondal, the Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum District President, who is also believed to be a close associate of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was arrested on August 11 in a 2020 cattle smuggling case after he skipped several CBI summons.

Mondal had earlier sought more time to appear before the agency, with his lawyer citing illness as the reason.

Anubrata Mondal’s name came under the CBI scanner during an interrogation of a former Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant arrested on September 21, 2020 for illegal cross-border trade of cattle.

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