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West Bengal: ED raids in Kolkata premises against fraud mobile gaming app case, over Rs 7 crores seized in cash

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday raided six premises in Kolkata in connection with an investigation relating to mobile gaming applications and seized cash worth ₹7 crore.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has once again seen action in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. Today ED conducted raids in many areas of Kolkata city. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday raided six premises in Kolkata in connection with an investigation relating to mobile gaming applications and seized cash worth ₹7 crore. The ongoing searches were conducted under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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In a statement issued in this regard, the ED said a first information report (FIR) was registered in this regard at the Park Street Police Station based on Federal Bank authorities. “One person namely Amir Khan, S/o Nesar Ahmed Khan launched a mobile gaming application namely E-Nuggets, which was designed for the purpose of defrauding public. During the initial period, the users were rewarded with commission and the balance in the wallet could be withdrawn hassle-free,” the statement said.

The agency is investigating if this app and its operators had links with other “Chinese controlled” apps that had been issuing loans at exorbitant rates to gullible persons and in many cases the loan takers ended their lives after they were threatened by these loan operators to pay up. “During the initial period, the users were rewarded with commission and the balance in the wallet could be withdrawn hassle-free. This provided initial confidence among users, and they started investing bigger amounts for greater percentage of commission and a greater number of purchase orders,” the ED said in a press release.

“After collecting handsome amount from the public, all of a sudden, the withdrawal from the said app, was stopped, at one or the other pretext viz. system upgradation, investigation by LEAs etc. Thereafter, all data, including profile information, was wiped off from the said app servers and only then the users understood the ploy,”.

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