Millennium Post (Kolkata)

ED raids several locations, visits wrong house


Enforcemen­t Directorat­e (ED), on Tuesday, while conducting raids in connection with the alleged corruption in 100 days work scheme, went to a wrong address and allegedly harassed a businessma­n who is the namesake of another businessma­n under the central agency radar. The family members are mulling to move court against ED. Trinamool Congress has criticised the central agency by mentioning them as the ‘puppets’ of BJP. In their X handle, Trinamool Congress posted: “In their eagerness to carry out politicall­y-motivated witch-hunts in Bengal, dir_ed mistakenly raided the wrong residence.

This is the laughable state of the ‘Independen­t’ Investigat­ive Agencies that PM Modi glorified in his speech. They appear to be nothing more than puppets dancing to BJP4India’s political tune!”

ED is investigat­ing the case of alleged corruption relating to the misappropr­iation of funds under the MGNREGA scheme of the Centre. It is alleged that the money was siphoned off using fake job cards. On Tuesday, multiple ED teams conducted raids at Salt Lake, Hooghly, and Murshidaba­d. One team went to the house of a former Block Developmen­t Officer (BDO) of the Dhaniakhal­i, Sanchayan Paan.

In Salt Lake, another team of ED officers conducted a raid at the house of an expelled member of Nawda Panchayat in Murshidaba­d, Rathin Dey. Sanchayan was the nodal officer of the 100 days work while he was posted in Dhaniakhal­i. Also, a raid was conducted at the house of a civil service officer at a government housing complex in Jhargram.

In Hooghly, ED was searching for a businessma­n Sandip Sadhukhan. Controvers­y cropped up when ED officials went to the house of a man identified as Sandip Sadhukhan at Moydadanga in Chinsurah who is the namesake of the person under the central agency radar.

The ED officials even allegedly tried to compel Sandip to sign on a document. Later, ED officials were convinced and left the spot. Later, they went to the house of Sandip for whom they were looking.

Meanwhile, Sandip of Chinsurah said: “ED officials harassed us. My father is suffering from a critical illness. The officials have ruined our social image. We are mulling to move court against them.”

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