RANCHI: The Directorate General of Enforcement on Wednesday launched new raids in the ongoing money laundering investigation into alleged illegal mining in Jharkhand and recovered two hacked AK-47s rifle and 60 rounds of ammunition, official sources said.
Two firearms, 60 live ammunition and two magazines were found at a home in Ranchi and sources identified the facility as related to a so-called Prem Prakashperson believed to be involved in the case.
Federal investigators are raiding about 17-20 facilities in Jharkhand, neighboring Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Delhi-NCR as part of the operation.
The sources said the searches were carried out after new information emerged from the interrogation of Pankaj Mishra, Jharkhand’s political aide, Hemant Soren, and Mishra’s associate and muscular man. , Bachhu Yadav.
Mishra and Yadav and was caught by ED in this case before.
BJP Godda MP Nishikant Dubey said in a tweet that Prakash is “an associate of Jharkhand CM and his family friend Amit Agarwal” and his (Prakash) links should be investigated by the NIA.
Saryu Roy, a former BJP leader but now an independent MLA from the state, wrote on his Twitter that it should be investigated how Prem Prakash got it. Rifle AK-47 and there is a possibility that this has a terrorist link.
The ED investigation began after the agency raided Mishra and his alleged associates on July 8, including 19 locations in Sahibganj, Barhet, Rajmahal, Mirza Chauki and Barharwa in Jharkhand in the case. cases involving alleged illegal exploitation and extortion.
The searches were launched after the ED filed a lawsuit under the Anti-Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Mishra and others in March, alleging that the person “was unlawfully misappropriated or accumulated funds.” enormous wealth for their own benefit”.
Immediately after the raids in July, the ED seized money amounting to Rs 13.32 crore located in 50 bank accounts.
“Evidence gathered during the investigation, including the testimony of various people, digital evidence and documents, suggests that the cash or bank balances seized were derived from Illegal logging is rampant in the Sahibganj area, including the forest area,” the agency said.
They said they were probing traces of Rs 100 crore “criminal proceeds” generated from illegal mining operations in Jharkhand.